What do you see when you look at a stranger? Does it even register that they are a fellow human being that matters to someone out there in the world? I ask you this because I work in retail, for the moment. As a sales associate, I am required to greet everyone who walks through the door. Think about that for a moment. Put yourself in my shoes. If you had to say “Hello, how are you?” or “Good morning!” to every person who walked through the door, would you be able to say it with enthusiasm every time? It isn’t easy—I can tell you that, but Continue reading “What do you see when you look at a stranger?”
There is no special formula for being human. Therefore, there is no special formula for the “humanities.” The humanities are exclusive to us. What we create is of our minds and driven by needs and wants. Whether it be a fictional story, a robot, a painting or a poem; it is from us. The term “We’ve come a long way” is a testament to the humanities. We’ve tried, we’ve failed, we’ve learned the hard lessons. Technology is born out of the human mind and ingenuity. It is a shared experience of both success and failure. How could we improve upon our inventions without the humanities? We have loved ones across the country, and a hundred years ago the only way to see them was to travel (if we could). Now, however, through the thoughtfulness and critical thinking of the tech geeks, we can see and speak to our loved ones instantly via our phones, tablets, or computers. Being creative is being human. Being human is being creative. We, humans, are emotional creatures and we are driven by those emotions. Where is the value of our human existence if we ignore our own humanity? We wouldn’t have the conveniences we have today if we did not value ourselves or each other. Enriching lives through the creativity of our human mind is truly valuable.