This might seem like a weird question to ask because the dictionary clearly defines what a human is. However in Doctor Who "A Good Man Goes to War" River Song explains that the word Doctor which in most cultures means healer. Explaining that "we got that word from you" to the Doctor. In some cultures it means something else.
Even in the real world there are examples words that have changed in meaning over time. Fag for example means something different in the U.S. and the U.K. it use to mean a cigarette for both but for some reason in the States it's become an insult for homosexuals while people in the U.K. still see it as just a cigarette.
What I'm really asking with the title is what does being human mean to you. Not the dictionary definition of the word, but how do you personally feel the word has changed if at all. I have long sense held the belief that human is a terrible awful insult to call someone.
Why in my mind is being human such a terrible thing? Well if you look at human history it's full of war, humans are constantly getting into stupid arguments hurting and killing each other over such trivial things. There's also the humane society that seems to believe that the best way of dealing with sick or unwanted pets is by killing them. So called humane traps are often horrible. There's like a sticky pad thing that's suppose to be more humane than a traditional mouse trap because instead of that metal bit that springs down on the mouse, the mouse instead just gets stuck to this pad and isn't harmed... except that it then can starve to death dying more slowly, chew it's own legs off as some animals are known to do, or try to eat the sticky parts which can't be good for the mouse and then dies an even more horrible death. The only truly cruelty free traps are the catch and release method. When I'm constantly bombarded by human being associated with such horrible things I see it not as what you are, but what kind of values you hold. That's why I see human as such a terrible insult because to me it's the same thing as calling someone a monster or a barbarian. I don't like to associate myself with that word because all the terrible things that it represents.
I guess to put it simply while most people see "human" as a noun, the word that means what we are as a race, I see human as a verb, a word that means person who causes pain, suffering, and death to other life forms. Basically the complete opposite of everything Nerdfighters stand for. I don't think anyone in the Nerdfighter community is a human because as I've come to understand it we are their polar opposites.
I don't identify as human. I barely even really identify as a person but that's for a whole different reason. I don't really know what to call my species really because generally we see other species as animals or aliens from other worlds. I'm definitely from Earth, just not human... though that said in Sci-Fi most aliens for some reason are usually given a similar or in some cases the exact same name as the planet they originate from. Vulcans are from Vulcan for example. So Earthling would make more sense. We don't live on the planet Huma so why call ourselves humans? It seems the only reason human exists at all is to separate the dominate life forms on this planet from the animal kingdom as they would technically also be Earthlings. They are from this planet as well. So what the heck are we?
I think my best option is that I'm an Alter. Which is that other reason why I'm not really a person. People only have one single personality, they're complete. I'm just a fraction of a whole person sharing my body with other Alters. Anyway, what does human mean to you and if you agree that it's come to mean something other than just the name for our species then what word do you think would best replace it? What would you like to be known as if you could be known as something that isn't human?
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