Do you think Adam and Eve could think and feel before they fell? Because for me what it takes to be a "modern" human is to think, to wonder, to create, to hate and love, to dream. And these things are unfortunately a source of most, if not all, of humanities most tragic 'downfalls'.
How many wars have been fought, how many times have we hit our gracious planet with bomb after atom bomb over a petty power squabble, over resources, over insults and ownership of a lonely planet. What is next? Will we fight over water soon and places to live? Did we lose the concept of sharing when Eve imparted her knowledge?
Lately I've noticed a trend. It is one which allows many people to utilize the phrase, " I'm only human.", almost as an excuse for apathy. We are very ready to admit our shortcomings today; we seem to believe it imbues us with a certain strength of character. But when asked to work on our respected flaws we fall back on to " Its just the way I am" and " I was born this way". Now such popularized phrases are meant to be empowering but not enough people actually man up and work at changing themselves for the better. Instead by invoking such sayings we can effectively hide behind them. When challenged we are the the victims of bullying while the other person is being mean and disrespectful.
Here, in a comparatively affluent country we believe that because we were born here or brought here or came here that we should do nothing else but work hard to enjoy the wealth that America enjoys as a nation. We leave the catering to the needs of the planet and the rest of the earth's population... to the rest of the world's less fortunate to handle on their own. We forget that we also could not have advanced this far without the help of previously 'modern' societies.
Nothing is wrong with admitting we have weakness. The error lies in believing in and accepting that there is nothing more we can do about it ourselves. It can't be enough to say we are only human. Rather, why not let the new cry of the ages be...
"WE ARE HUMAN, are you?"