A Short List: What Makes You Human?

During the training this weekend, the following question was posed rhetorically: “What makes you human?” Briefly reflecting on the question now as I draft this post, I listed the following:

1. Anxiety and soul connections.

2. Love. (As Erich Fromm defines it: “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth”).

3. Empathy and struggle.

4. Pain.

5. Joy – specifically, Black joy.

6. Play and laughter.

7. Breath.

8. Interdependence/Kinship.

9. The ability to learn and question.

10. Surrender.


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