What it Means to be Human Human beings are very precious and unique creations. God crafted human beings in his image and likeness; each matchless person has his or her own physical features, thoughts, interests, likes/dislikes, etc. To be fully human means embracing God as our creator, the main source of the human identity, and following the path of holiness that he has laid down for human beings. In Thomas Merton’s work of philosophy “The Inward Solitude,” written to a general audience, he lists the qualities of what he thinks it means to be human. Throughout this section of his text No Man is an Island, Merton describes how God is the source of creation and how human beings need to follow him but have the freedom to
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Through this, Pascal is stating his belief that Humans believe themselves to be “capable” of reaching their goals and dreams on their own, resulting in the discovery of their true identities. Pascal believes that humans need to “embrace” their surroundings to find the actual truth. Human being’s surroundings, or “circumference,” are all of God’s creation. By putting themselves into this world they can meet the challenges of helping others head on and always have God to support them. This source of reassurance can assist humans to be more selfless and again, live a life of holiness. Human beings were created to act out the will of God. They help to mold themselves by choosing the path that they want to follow and the lives that they want to lead. They can choose to follow God or attempt to live life without his presence, and ultimately living out a lie of what their true selves are. However, they are not left to fend for themselves. God is the main source of creation and he created human beings to love and care for one another. Selflessness is key to living a full life and discovering your true self.
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