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What is the social implication of "being human" in the 21st century.

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nyarkon | Honors

Posted November 14, 2012 at 5:39 AM via web

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What is the social implication of "being human" in the 21st century.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM (Answer #1)

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"Being Human" is a growing social concern in the 21st century because the advent of the 2.0, and the ubiquitous access to technology have resulted in the creation of numerous new ways to keep us socially isolated. Social isolation refers to the tendency to avoid synchronous or real-life communication with other members of society. The result of social isolation is that the common behaviors that are socially learned begin to extinguish and hence, the vital sense of humanity that permeates us all may become extinct as well. These common behaviors include basic courtesies, manners, empathy, and sympathy. Once we lose touch with those main human components of communication, what else would be left?

Another concern is the importance that has been placed on technology and the growth of that industry versus the cultivation of the arts and humanities in academia. The evidence is in the government cuts to art, music, and language programs while special funding is always available for math and technology. Although Math and technology are currently the doors to the future, there is no point in building citizens and student apprentices that have no foundation on the basics of art, music, literature, and other basic humanities found in philosophical foundations. If you have no philosophy of life, what are you actually living for? That is the main "human" question of the 21st century. 

Spirkin's On the Human Being and Being Human (1983) cleverly expresses the connection between man and society, hence implying the vital importance of "being human". 

The unity of man and society. A person's whole intellectual make-up bears the clear imprint of the life of society as a whole. When tackling any job, we all have to take into account what has already been achieved before us.

Being human, that is, maintaining the philosophical and emotional foundations that build our character, is therefore of extreme importance to mold society the way that we wish to live in it. 

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