Interpreting “Humanity” in a Click
September 16, 2014 Leave a comment
So thinking about what it means to be human, poses more questions than answers.
The plural definition; “humanities” takes on more complexity.
Merriam-Webster defines humanities as;
…”the branches of learning (as philosophy, arts, or languages) that investigate human constructs and concerns as opposed to natural processes (as in physics or chemistry) and social relations (as in anthropology or economics)“
This photograph taken at the National Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC is great metaphor for this week’s assignment. A young man’s image reflected in front of the wall etched with more than 58,286 names of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam war for the sake of freedom. My challenge to you is to look at this picture, ponder its meaning and ask yourself the following questions:
- How did we get here?
- What makes us who we are today?
- What was life like for those who went before us?
- How did they live?
- How did they die?
- How did they want to be remembered?
- In what ways can we translate these questions to look inward and ask how we can be of service to others?
- What is our purpose and how can we make an impact?
It only takes one person to make a difference. So reflect, and ask yourself how you will make yours?
And while you are at it, if you know someone who served, reach out and thank them.
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