Smudge was licking his lips but felt something was wrong because he skulked away guilty-like when I ordered him out of the kitchen.
But he couldn’t help himself: he was only doing what cats do.
On the other hand, Humans have a choice about whether to eat my breakfast or not.
Yuval Noah Harari picks over the American constitution from an evolutionary perspective, rewriting the following passage:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
When rewritten in biological terms, Harari suggests these words:
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men evolved differently, that they are born with certain mutable characteristics, and that among these are life and the pursuit of pleasure.’*
For tens of thousands of years we’ve been living in contradiction to our biology and evolution because we are capable of choosing a story we prefer more. Whether a person believes this is simply the best way for people to live, or whether they believe people are made in God’s image and likeness, they’re providing themselves with choices about how they think and act.
Everyone can be part of the better story. Everyone ought to have the opportunity to choose a better story.
I appreciate, this is how I choose to see life. Have a go, though, and see what you come up with to this critical question: What does it mean to you to be Human?
We need more ways for helping people to live their answer.
‘Familiarity is one of the most subtle and pervasive forms of human alienation.’**
‘One of the keys to how to be brilliant is to find mentors who will push you, advise you, coach and encourage you.’^
(*From Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens.)
(**From John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara.)
(^From Michael Heppell’s How To Be Brilliant.)
(Smudge dreaming of having opposable thumbs
which would allow him to get his own yogurt)