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Thread: What is it like to be human?

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    Humans are large mammal's answer to cockroaches: Can live just about anywhere, eat just about anything, and are extremely difficult to get rid of.

    As for experiences of being human, it's similar to whatever your species/information processing machine type experience is, but with less technology.

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    To be human is to be an organic cyborg.
    I'm the Councilor, I'll be watching you.

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    To be human is to be weak and aware of it.
    Reyson: ...If you were to change your ways, I'm sure we could rebuild the relationship the two of us once shared.

    Naesala: Oh no, that I could never do. You see, humans are essential to the fulfillment of my ambitions.

    Reyson: You've changed, Naesala. If this is the path you've chosen, I've nothing left to say.

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    Being human is to eat, sleep, and possibly have sex. Amongst a lucky few, it's also to ask questions, such as "what's it like to be human?".

    Being human is like eating cake, aware that when you finish you won't have anymore left.

    Being human is not knowing anything, then getting confused when you think you know that you don't know anything.

    Being human is finding something to cling onto, loving anything that appears to do the same, hating everything else.

    Being human is putting everything into pairs, opposite to each other, then claiming nothing is black and white.

    Being human is coming up with answers to random questions, then bathing in whatever drug you happen upon, such as pride at how deep you are for answering a question.

    Being human is living in a box, enjoying the box, but at the same time curious as to if anything is outside of the box. Also, laughing at the person who thinks he lives in a sphere, he's a dumbass.

    Being human is not believing what you don't believe, believing what you do believe, and something else maybe, just to keep you happy.

    Being human is mysterious and blatantly obvious at the same time. Mysterious no?

    Being human is a verb. Fight the other verbs! Use the nouns to crush them!

    Being human is being human. I thought that was obvious. I guess I'm just plain better than you.

    Being human is better than not being human. Or was it the other way round?

    Being human is music. Being human is spiritual. Therefore, music is spiritual.

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    Default "The Glory, Jest, and Riddle of the World"

    Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state,
    A Being darkly wise, and rudely great:
    With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
    With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
    He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
    In doubt to deem himself a God, or Beast;
    In doubt his Mind or Body to prefer;
    Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err;
    Alike in ignorance, his Reason such,
    Whether he thinks too little, or too much:
    Chaos of Thought and Passion, all confus'd;
    Still by himself abus'd, or disabus'd;
    Created half to rise, and half to fall;
    Great Lord of all things, yet a Prey to all;
    Sole Judge of Truth, in endless Error hurl'd:
    The Glory, Jest and Riddle of the world.

    Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
    An Essay on Man ii (1733)
    The Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century Verse (1926) ed. David Nichol Smith #70.
    "There can be no understanding between the hands and the head unless the heart acts as mediator." (Metropolis, 1927)

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    Default DNA

    We share our DNA with all other animals.

    And we have evolved to be conscious.

    So you might say we are meaning creating animals.

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    It's like a grand adventure where you try to reconcile potential with reality...that is, your environment. It's all about your perception and your experiences.

    I'll take being human over Martian any day. I bet Martian life must be a drag.
    Still using a needle to break apart a grain of sand.

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