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cjohns105 wrote:In many parts of the book we find Steven purposefully distancing himself from different aspects of his life before. At other times, the way he sees the world and the situations he encounters in it, seem to change dramatically in a short period of time without a conscious effort on his part.
What do you think the author is trying to say about what makes us human? Are the changes Steven goes through meant to aid him, or make a point to the reader? What do you think makes us human?
well in this instance it portrays the weak nature of humans when faced with life and death and the need to be saved somehow. It also shows how we have the need for more time in order to prevent and correct that which is not right for society and also more time as well to do what we truly want to do deep down in our hearts and not because we have to. It also shows to me how perhaps the soldiers serving in wars feel that they need more time or endless time to save the people and also to be able to lead some semblance of a normal life by pursuing a dream. this book is all about the human need for more time, more time or endless time to learn and master new skills thus the "super power of becoming a great musician"
As for Hitler he remains a regrettable history that we somehow wish we had the power to undo or prevent the mental scar left behind.
As for the formula being with the monks....lets face it the world does somehow believe that the monks understand life and it take the Chinese longer to age as they always look so young. lol
So in its entirety the book is very interesting on its take on being human.
For me to be human is to keep faith, hope and having dreams to peruse and fulfill.
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On the positive side, I think human belief, hope and our unlimited potential to reach out for the unknown, really distinguishes us.
MarisaRose wrote:I agree with a lot of what has been said above. However, I think one of the most important qualities that make us human is our ability to choose. Many times our choices are guided by our emotions, but it is important to realize being human allows us to create the life we live through our choices.
I think it's partially the ability to put ourselves in other people's/creatures' shoes. The Theory of Mind. To think about our own and others' thought processes (emotional and "rational").
And maybe it's partially our ability to live "outside" our bodies. I don't necessarily mean this in a spiritual or religious sense, but rather, that our lives do not have to be restricted to our bodily restrictions. I can communicate my thoughts to people on the other side of the world through common language, even after my passing.
Other animals can feel, mourn, and empathize, but humans can do so on a much larger and complex scale.