Essay about Survival Is The Lowest Point Of A Person 's Life

1201 Words Nov 13th, 2014 5 Pages
Same Terms, Different Understandings When I think of survival, I think of a dramatized situation in which someone or something is having a hard time staying alive. People tend to differentiate living and surviving as if living is not an essential part of surviving. I think a lot of these connotations about surviving being a way of life through hardships come from the way we talk about it amongst other species not humans. When we talk about animals, we speak about survival being the opposite of extinction. This means an animal is always striving to survive to avoid extinction. Yet, I tend to think about survival being the lowest point of a person’s life when thinking about humans. I think about a person living in some form of deprivation whether it is food, clothing, shelters etc. People who are not struggling, I view as the ones who are living. However, ultimately, survival can be anything except extinction. Survival is everything that extinction is not. Looking at different text I think it is important to look at terminology and the way that we speak about humans and animals existing versus living, surviving versus struggling and then extinction. All species exist, however for animals we have this binary understanding that they are surviving or going extinct, while for humans there’s an understanding that we exist and die but there are these other ideas we have developed about the lives of human such as living and struggling. When thinking about humans, we have…

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