What is it to be a human being?

We live in a society that undermines what it is to be human. In fact, in many ways we are dehumanized. Whenever we think we are less important than a person with money or status we dehumanize ourselves, and we are dehumanized by others.

If we understand that each person is equally human then we stand in the right relationship to each other. Each human being on this earth is at the same time what I call an I-being, we each have a body, soul and spirit, and we can call this human spirit our ‘I’. How we use each of these three aspects of our being is entirely up to us. David Tresemer, in the book “The Counselor” says, “The ‘I,’ the enduring part of oneself that plunges us into earthly existence, has the task to mature the less developed vehicles of the human being.” He explains that in this way we develop our individuality, we find out who we really are which is unattainable in a weekend workshop because it is a lifelong project.

Understanding this is a great leveller. It can mean that the poorest person who lives their life with the highest regard for the human being is a mightier person than those with great wealth or fame.

The words attributed to Goethe put it into perfect perspective.

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

(There is some contention about who actually said this – be glad if a Goethe student could confirm)

Goethe 1749-1832

To understand more see my book I Connecting : The Soul’s Quest and the I Am Excercise (Kindle version I AM The Mystery) and the I Am exercises…/…/B00BACR9TC

Image: The Girl with the Pearl Earring Vermeer

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