To Be Human
A polar bear grows a thick white coat, paws broad as snowshoes, armed with sharp claws, and mighty jaws with razor teeth to be the supreme killer in a harsh, ice-bound environment where food is scarce, where being a ruthless killer is the difference between life and death.
Can you imagine a polar bear feeling remorse for killing a seal?
The polar bear has adapted.
We are a species capable of destroying ourselves. There is a reason we have developed emotions such empathy, kindness, and hope. Just like the polar bear, we developed them out of survival.
If we hadn’t, we probably would have destroyed ourselves long ago.
Humans have adapted.
And while you are not perfect, I maintain because of the love and care you have for other human beings, there is a very good chance that you are further along the evolutionary scale than some of your fellow beings.
You might very well represent a higher form of the species, while the others will go the way of the dodo.
That is what it means to be human.
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John Greiner-Ferris is an artist in the Boston area. Sometimes he makes images. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he does both.