What Does It Mean? Essay

701 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 3 Pages
Prior to arriving to Ursinus College in the Fall of 2015 I had not truly reflected on what being human truly meant. I was first posed the question, “What does it mean to be human?” in my very first Common Intellectual Experience class. At this time my first impression of what it meant to be human was to be someone who contributes to society, throughout this year this speculation has changed into the theory that there is no legitimately higher purpose to being human, you yourself give your existence meaning because there is no other meaning. Currently, I am in my second semester, days away from my last week of C.I.E and I wouldn’t necessarily say that my understanding of what it means to be human has changed, but I would certainly say my previous explanation to this question has evolved. My original thought of what it meant to be human was a very simple one, I didn’t really put much thought into it. My answer to this philosophical mystery was that a human is that a human is one who does what they want to do.
According to my ideals after taking C.I.E, to be human means that you contribute to society by working to better the world, this is the foundation of being human means to me. This then breaks off into different branches, all of which define us. These definitive branches are things like our relationships with other humans and nature as well as our morals/values. I see the world as having two groups of people, greater humans and lesser humans. When we are born…

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