The title of this post came to me after opening the lid of the trash can in the kitchen – the brand is simplehuman. When I glanced at it, this question came to mind, What is to be simply human? We belong to the human species on this planet, and we live among many other species. Just as elephants are pachyderms, we are human. Unfortunately, over the years, the term human has been associated with mistake, error, shame, and a negative connotation. When we make a mistake we tend to say, “Well, I’m only human or I am simply human.”
I have said that in many occasions, and it wasn’t until today that I got to think about what I was saying. By saying the phrase, I was giving a negative meaning to my species. Not on purpose, I was saying that being a human was being less than … far away from perfection, and I was using the word human as a crutch. A crutch to justify mistakes and not performing up to my potential. I think that the reason we think of ourselves, as humans, as something far away from beauty, has to do with a philosophic and religious influence throughout the ages, starting with the original sin and Adan and Eve story. It also has to do with us comparing ourselves to the perfection of divinity.
On the contrary, implying that God or a Creator (if you believe in such) made a beautiful species, capable of many great and not so great deeds, would liberate us of the “simply human” negative connotation. If you are an atheist, you may see the beauty of our species, and the greatness of our kind. We can learn that there is no need for excuses in our journey to achieve our potential, and for many who believe, like me, on a divine purpose, to fulfill such. Whether you believe in God or not, you may find yourself thinking of your humanity as an excuse. It doesn’t matter if you are an atheist or if you believe in a Creator, you belong to the human species, and this puts you on the same level as any other human being. What you do with your life – with your human existence is up to you.
Today, thanks to my trash can, I stop saying that I am “Simply Human,” because I know I am much more than that.