157 – Humans v2

To me this walk goes with the previous walk about Humans. Whereas the first one focused on complexity and uniqueness of the species, this keyword about this walk is individuality.

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I like to walk on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Humans are on my mind because I recently drafted a beach walk about us. That walk focused on the differences between humans and other living things. Because more ideas came to me, there’s no better place than walking on the sand to ponder humanity; however, my focus is individuality. Who are we as individuals?

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Every one of us is a name and gender that promotes an aspect of our identity.

Every one of us is a combination of the genetic identity of our family and environmental influences; such as our home environment, friends, work, culture, and experiences.

Every one of us is the clothes we wear that express ourselves, our culture, and the current times. I chuckle thinking of the styles of the late 1960s to the mid-1970s – and those times were different from the 1980s. For most of us, clothing also expresses our age.

Every one of us is the colors that we wear. To some, black express mourning, but black is also elegant and stylish. While many people associate white with weddings, others see white as an expression of mourning.

Every one of us is a list of positives and negatives. Then again, our traits are subject to the interpreter – so what one person sees as a positive, someone else sees as a negative. The same is true for likes and dislikes plus strengths and weaknesses.

Every one of us expresses an identity through our actions – the outward expression called behaviors – a visual expression delivering a message for anyone to observe, interpret, and compare with what we say.

Every one of us has a public life and a private life that comes with a juxtaposition between the two.

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Every one of us is an open book and a mystery novel. As with any book, much depends on the reader’s interpretation of the author’s words.

Every one of us carries a perception that may or may not be true. Some positive perceptions are false – the same for some negative perceptions. The bigger question may be, why do the perceptions exist? Everyone wants others to accept them – but is that identity of who we are?

Everyone is a collection of labels involving nationalities, religions, politics, localities, education, heritage, culture, hobbies, and more. Interpreters even subdivided those identities. To some, being Christian is not enough: Catholic or Protestant? Others want more information, such as which type of Lutheran, Methodist, or Presbyterian.

Every one of us thinks about the mysteries of life that are difficult to answer. Who are we? Why are we here? What’s our future? What happens to us when we die? The list of those difficult-to-answer philosophical questions can be lengthy.

Every one of us is a celebration of similarities and differences – but that leads to the question of how we approach similarities and differences in others.

Maybe the challenge for each of us is to try to learn who we are. To look beyond that initial impression we give others, but to also not ignore it.

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We, humans, are complex creatures. Then again, that complexity is an important part of human diversity. That’s a good thing from the biological perspective because diversity within a species is an important aspect of biological success. Consider cheetahs who lack diversity within their species.

Thinking about humanity isn’t easy – but I tried. I still doubt if other organisms can think like us. I’m sure I only touched the surface, but I like thinking about the big picture – especially here during snowbird season because I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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72 thoughts on “157 – Humans v2”

  1. The ability to create such a moving and beautiful sound with your fingers and mind is a human trait that I would love to share, Frank. Sadly I’m not at all gifted that way, but it gives me great pleasure that others can. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed your conjectures this morning.

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  2. The fact we’re all unique has made for a lot of wonderful connections in my life – I often think about the people that I’ve met along the way who have left a lasting impression on me; helped me to BE myself and take what I’ve learned and find my own way. Loved the cello musical link – now THAT is soothing for the soul!

    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Well stated. Because I like the way you used unique, I’ll tie your comment to the unique I focused on in the previous walk. Not only does the human species have uniqueness in the living world, we also have uniqueness within our species. And yes … thanks fo those you left an impression on us that helped mold us. Glad you enjoyed the musical selection! I just relistened to it. 🙂

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  3. We are individuals who yearn for community. So to be unique we model others! I can imagine that first person to get a tattoo thought “oh this will make me different” and then everyone had tattoos! The same thing happens with hair styles and fashion and almost all the other fads. A young person I know has decided to shave half their head – along with nearly a third of classmates all longing to be “different” and still belong to a clique…. For me I wear funny hats. They make me happy and make me recognizable!!

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    1. Muri,
      I appreciate your examples because humans definiity are ndividualistic yet yearn for community. Coincidentally, did you notice my next topic? ,,,,, Community … I appreciate when the bell of serendipitous moments ring! 🙂 … Love you pride in wearing funny hats. During the COVID lockdown, my wife got idea from our midweek wine and pizza night. It turned into COVID refielf. The first pic was me hold a glass of wine and the bottle at the dinner table. In the weeks to come, here came hats and outfits with the same pose. She posted them on her Facebook page along with a short wine review.

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  4. Interesting. For me, I think I saw the Disease of Perception. For me, all that outside stuff that instinct demands that I keep, that I get, or that I stop from leaving me is really the false bits. Not my humanity at all. However on pondering, being human encompasses moments of clarity, being able to see the true for true for the false, also include the times when I am strangely insane and cannot do so. This seeming inability exists until the moment I can again see the true, that thing that is outside my own knowing/knowledge. I used to think I could strive to gain these. Now, I think I shift more toward being willing to have those moments of clarity that can show me how to live in a way that is better. To see what I do not know. To set aside contempt. All of that is living, to me.

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    1. Elisa,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughtful answer. For me, you have supported by point. Although all humans share many, many commonalities, we also have a great deal of room for individuality (because of our brains) … therefore the differences in our behaviors.

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  5. Everyone is a book with story of its own, but it is a book that is dangled into the stotyline of the one next to it. Learning to accept that we same but different it important. We are Like works of art, we need to interpret them, make our own interpretation and also to see an otherview. Humans, humanity is what makes us, compassion is the element we need to cherish

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  6. Another lovely walk on the beach, Frank — and the video was a crowning touch! I’ve never tried playing cello, but I love its rich dark tones — and these guys were GOOD! Lots of food for thought this morning.

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  7. Frank, sometimes I think we don’t reflect on just how crazy unique we are. We often lump people into stereotypical categories and just move on without trying to get to know their unique qualities. It is a lazy yet convenient way to not getting to know the whole person or persons, Not just our DNA and genetics, but we’ve all had so many unique life experiences. These posts on Humans makes me think about the incredible uniqueness of us all, even being the same species. Humans are indeed amazingly constructed.

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    1. Bruce,
      I can’t express enough how much I appreciate your comment. Essentially, you have put my last two walks together because you thought about the points.The first walk was about uniqueness of our species, while the second was about the uniqueness of individuals …. or individuality. So thanks for doing that. Your examples are also excellent … and yes we are crazy unique. Again, thanks so much!

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  8. We’re the wackiest configuration of blessings and curses and rights and wrongs and in the end, what separate us most of all from the wild beasts is that we can mess up the lyrics to our favorite songs.

    Excellent look into the complexities and the miracles of Us.

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  9. Excellent pondering points, Frank! I love these lines. The bigger question may be, why do the perceptions exist? Everyone wants others to accept them – but is that identity of who we are? Thank you for the thoughts to ponder this week as I watch the snow arrive reminding me that I won’t be walking barefoot in the green grass for several months. 😉

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    1. Shelly,
      Thanks for the kind words and for sharing lines that struck you. That’s something I enjoy knowing. I knew a school superintendent who said he would rather have a teacher perceived as good rather than a good teacher. Hmmm … Meanwhile, stay warm … and I know I’ve seen a few flakes here in southwest Ohio …. but that also means snowbird season for me is approaching. 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome. I appreciate knowing what you appreciate about comments. Your former superintendent was wise. A liked teacher teaches so kids learn.
        Yes, I’m working on staying warm…at 19 degrees and 63 in the house. We’re using the cold to burn off any excess calories so if we ever need to walk on a beach somewhere…
        Lucky you to be going to the beach in person, I’ll visit the beach through your posts!

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        1. For us, snowbird season is two months at the beach. It can be cold, but not as cold as home – but we get good weather too – but that’s where I draft these essays. Last year I drafted bout 30 of them!

          I disagreed with the superintendent. To him, if the teacher is so-so but perceived as good, he’s happy. I would rather have a good teacher who is perceived at best as OK. Oh well, disagreements is an aspect of being human.

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  10. Yes! I liked what you said about being both an open book and a mystery, because we cannot read the thoughts of others, even as we see them.

    Loved that cello duet. While I used to play the violin, I did also try out the cello for a brief while…um…well, lets just say I left that for others to play way more beautifully than I ever could!

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  11. Humankind yes are very complex and to be truthful with you, Frank, I’ve not been thinking about them in general for in so doing I would get all twisted in knots. So instead I focus on Mother, my family and one by one those humans who do cross paths with me I I give love to, kindness to, hope to, laugh with, empathize with, and listen a whole lot. Don’t get me wrong I talk too and when I do I’m heard with those of open hearts. I quietly and without fuss touch hearts in a troubled world. Your post is exceptional as always, Frank. Are you aware that humans and music and math are interconnected in perfect math? True. Now that would be a seriously interesting topic to talk about and to ponder upon. SMILE!

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    1. Amy,
      You’ve read enough of my essays to know that I like making broad connections. To me, it helps deepen my understanding. On the other hand, humanity is a deep subject! Cheers to your warm nd welcoming heart. The world needs more of them! Aware of the link between humans, math, and music? Absolutely. I’ve probably worked that in on several occasions. I love the Fibonacci stuff! Thanks for walking along.

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      1. I’m reading and studying a book right now about the Flower of Life and in it is a lot of information on Sacred Geometry. In high school I was seriously good in math so much so my math teacher encouraged me to pursue math as my career. That did not happen. Now, however I apply a lot of geometry and Sacred Geometry to my pictures and it just happens automatically. It’s supernatural and it is incredibly powerful. Math makes sense to me as does music. I “see” math and “feel” music when I am with Mother and when I’m flowing with life itself. I believe where we as a species is going much more on these subjects will be revealed and the clamps on our brains will be released.

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  12. You’ve made people think hard about this one, Frank.
    That is because we are all humans.
    You reflect on many topics. Some of us are knowledgeable on a specific topic, others not.
    If not, we learn.
    However, we are all human, and therefore all pros on this subject.
    That makes it a difficult topic to navigate.
    I quite like where your thoughts went on 1 & 2.
    Still, you’ve scratched the surface. There could be v3, 4, 5 and more.

    I like a lot of humans, especially my blog pals.
    Family – some.
    I dislike/hate many humans – trump, putin, all autocrats and dictators, mass murders, school shooters, MBS, ( & now dislike Biden a bit for extending immunity to who I perceive to be a murderer and suppressor of women’s rights). My list goes on and is long, unfortunately.

    Well, dear Frank, let’s raise a glass to the good. For many on the planet, that is the most they will get.

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    1. Resa.
      Stimulate thoughts is one of my goals here …. so thanks. Humanity is a complex topic – and essays could go on and on and on …. I can see a volume 3, but I would probably base it on reader comments. After all, readers have added good substance. The last two essays focused on humanity, uniqueness and individuality. Uniqueness in what makes us different from the rest of the living word. Individuality – with all the things we have in common, how are we different from each other. Thanks for walking along and chiming in. Cheers!

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  13. It’s so true that we are complex creatures! I have a graduate degree in Human Development, which I pursued in response to my teaching profession. I have “studied” human behavior and psychology for most of my adult life, and I am fascinated by the differences and similarities in people. I think we mostly learn about others through interaction and observation, however, more so than than through formal education. I also think that my beliefs and assumptions about people have certainly changed over the years as I’ve aged. I think I celebrate differences more now than I probably did when I was younger and put more emphasis on more directly relating to others through our common interests. As always, you’ve covered a lot of ground here. Very nice to read, Frank.

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