What It Means To Be Human Quotes by Toni Morrison, Anne Lamott, Jo Walton, Patrick Rothfuss, Kelly McGonigal, Rob Bell and many others.
You are your own stories and therefore free to imagine and experience what it means to be human… And although you don’t have complete control over the narrative – no author does, I can tell you – you could nevertheless create it.
So how on earth can I bring a child into the world, knowing that such sorrow lies ahead, that it is such a large part of what it means to be human? I’m not sure. That’s my answer: I’m not sure.
If the purpose of literature is to illuminate human nature, the purpose of fantastic literature is to do that from a wider perspective. You can say different things about what it means to be human if you can contrast that to what it means to be a robot, or an alien, or an elf.
Some tropes are universal. Boy meets girl. Betrayal and revenge. The search to discover a hidden truth…. A mother’s love isn’t clichГ©, it’s universal. These things are archetypes. They’re the building blocks of myth and legend. They are a big part about what it means to be human.
The development of willpower -I will, I won’t and I want- may define what it means to be human.
I got into pastoring because of the art form. I started a church, but I felt the art form needed to be freed for all people. A particular religion over others was never interesting to me. I wanted to talk to people about what it means to be alive and what it means to be human.
I not only have my secrets, I am my secrets. And you are yours. Our secrets are human secrets, and our trusting each other enough to share them with each other has much to do with the secret of what it means to be human.
I feel most people’s sexuality is enormously complicated. That’s what it means to be human. Wouldn’t it be great if we honored that complexity rather than turn it into gossip or ridicule? Wouldn’t it be great if we accepted sexual diversity, in ourselves and others, without condemning it?
Poetry calls into question what it means to be human
Our species is on the verge of changes that will fundamentally alter what it means to be human… and we are the people driving that change.
Running is the heart of what it means to be human.
Science fiction, because it ventures into no man’s lands, tends to meet some of the requirements posed by Jung in his explorations of archetypes, myth structures and self-understanding. It may be that the primary attraction of science fiction is that it helps us understand what it means to be human.
If you knew the immensity of what it means to be human, you would not talk about God or Heaven.
Science fiction is very well suited to asking philosophical questions; questions about the nature of reality, what it means to be human, how do we know the things that we think we know.
Art has a way of confronting us, of reminding us, of engaging us, in what it means to be human, and what it means to be human is to be flawed, is to be contradictory, is to be often weak, and yet despite all of these what we would consider drawbacks, that we’re also quite beautiful. Spin is the opposite.
Because I can’t seem to escape it. It’s a way for me to address and counter my questions about what it means to be human, or, in my case a Dominican human who grew up in New Jersey.
Religion has been an important part of my understanding, my inquiry into what it means to be human.
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