• Hōś e yāra

To be Human (I)

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

My understanding and perspective on what it means to be you, me and us all - a member of the Homo Sapiens, a species of #Humans.

To my limited understanding, I am aware that I am a part of a species, a species that has been evolving for thousands of years- as far as we know- and continues to evolve perpetually. I exist in a momentary part of this evolutionary phase and it is a privilege to be alive, to be able to witness each moment. I am a part of a species that exists only on this planet, only on this rock- this is home to the entirety of our species, all 7.8 billion of us. Take a moment to think about the number of individuals among us that already associate with or are learning to associate with the identity of the self, the narrative of the "I" or [First-name][Surname].

We study biology in schooling systems around the world. Within it we study about what humans are made of- cells, bones, muscles, nerves, organs, etc. But what do we gain from that knowledge- what do we retain? What thoughts, feelings, emotions does the word human provoke in you? How has your understanding of being a biological creature evolved and affected your life? Do you even have the realization that you are a biological creature and what that entails? Or, are you too preoccupied with the narrative of the "I" which leads you to over emphasize a minuscule part of your identity and over look the many nuanced parts of the larger picture?

Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, I am sure we all have been aware of this at one point or another in our lives. But what significance does this knowledge hold for you- do you see any value in it? Scientists estimate that the human body consists of approximately 30-40 Trillion cells. Can you find any sense of humility in being aware of the biological complexities that enable your existence?

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