Wednesday, January 18, 2012
What is a Human and what is a Person?
Do you know what is a person and not a human, and what is a human and not a person? It sounds complicated, but it is just a simple concept. Before answering these questions, we need to understand the meaning of person and the meaning of human. The dictionary defines person as a personality of a human being; and human defines as a characteristic of humans; having human form or the attributes of the being. Simply, it's just mean that human is the outside appearance and person is the inside of our behaviors. However, to be either one of them, you need to be a truth human first, which means you need to have both of the person and the human combines together. Then, it will evolves to one of the exceptions.
Let me explain it in another way:
A person and not a human, simply means that you have the personality of a human being but your appearance is not a human. In addition, to be able to be like that, I strongly believed that it won't happen just by chance. The story of Metamorphosis gives perfect example, which is the boy name Gregor who suddenly became a vermin but he still thinks , and acts like a human. Another example can be the Beauty and the Beast.
The Beast was once a human and the curse from the granny has turned him into a beast. However, the inside of him didn't change, it still reflects as a human's personality. Do you get the concept? Both of the examples above show that there were once a truth human, and they change to another creature, but they could still keep the person.