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Why Ask What It Means To Be Human?

•, Restoring Truth

Lately, it seems that everyone is talking about "what it means to be human." Admittedly, "everyone" includes a bookish crowd of academics and theologians, plus a few "keynote speaker" types; nonetheless, it seems a rather strange question to ask if you've been fully human for, say, 30-50 years. I'm certain that a decade ago, I never heard this question asked, although the groundwork for this inquiry was certainly laid. Going further back to the 1980's, this question would have earned some well-deserved stupid looks in my home. For all the supposed ignorance of our Tupperware-encased era, most of us rubes instinctively understood what it meant to be human.

Once a topic interesting only to over-thinkers and philosophical types, it has now been mainstreamed for everyone else, with a variety of podcasts, books, lectures, and sermons aiming to engage this trending topic. In some ways, this is the textbook case of overcomplicating something that, for most of us, seems quite simple. Yet, the question was also forced upon us through the anti-human influences of artificial intelligence and gender fluidity. Like biological females, it seems that humanity itself now needs a hearty defense—a truthful taxonomy of our body, mind and spirit.

How have we arrived at this creepy juncture of biology, existentialism and technology? In all our supposed progress, we are now sadly confused on the elementary stuff. As the mother of six humans and owner of two Labrador retrievers, I now consider myself a lay-expert on some of our basic distinctions—imagination, speech, and laundry beings important ones; yet if all the experts are correct, there's apparently more to it than that. If I may put away my cynicism towards this topic, I'll offer a simpler explanation—a theory of humanity for non-philosophers like me.

Without covering the long backstory of civilizational decline, I would argue that the identity cult and its Silicon Valley allies, having brought us to the precipice of total destruction, have necessitated the trendy crash courses in Homo sapiens. All their boastful claims of god-like power have left us starved, bereft of meaning. We cannot define women, and we also cannot define human—and Dr. Google's grim office is lost in the meta, quite unable to help us out.

Let's start at the beginning then, at the first things, as they say. In the beginning, the eternal God created the heavens and the earth by the power of his word. By the close of the sixth day, having formed the natural environment and flying creatures, he created Adam and Eve in his own image. According to the biblical record, he didn't discuss what it meant to be human. Instead, he tasked them with cultivating and taking dominion over the world of animal and plant life as well as reproducing and multiplying the human population.