This-essay is a8005021.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %BEING HUMAN 800502 Subsidiary goals often get in the way of being human. They get in the way both at an essential level and at the level of diversion of resources. Some goal demand that we be other than human because being human is not valued; we must be gods, impersonal, perfect, eternal, omniscient, self-controlled, or some other way of being which is fundamentally not human. In such cases the affirmation of the goal is a fundamental disavowal of being human--- because being human is not respected. People who disavow being human have been given no grounds for respecting being humans, no respectable role-models of what being human means. They base their judgment upon their personal experience, rather than upon abstract generalizations. People who base their judgments upon ideals and abstract generalizations tend not to respect the judgment of those who disavow being human on existential grounds. They cannot communicate with each other as human beings, because none of them know from role models how to be human. Role models are essential to humane learning. Some goals get in the way of being human by diverting resources which are essential to being human---perhaps such diversion is in the name of the fulfillment of goals intended in technical ways to make it easier to be human. We cannot be human by intensive technical efforts to make it easier to be human. We cannot make it easier to be. Technology does not deal with the challenge of being. We learn to be in meetings in the eternal now of I-Thou relationships, not in the determination of technical inter-relationships through study and control. Being honestly human is the prerequisite to behaving in humane ways. Being human is the prerequisite to humane behavior, not the same as humane behavior. People who focus only upon behavior tend to neglect being, and so neglect the prerequisite to humane behavior. They tend to undermine people who seek to be humane by being honestly human. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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