“What it Means to be Human”

How often do we ask ourselves what is the purpose of life?  The team at Big History Project asked, but in a slightly different way.

What does it mean to be human?

In June 2015, the team at Big History Project invited submissions for a video making competition.  The theme of the competition was “What does it mean to be human?”

The winning entry for the competition was submitted by Abby Lammers from St. Louis, Missouri.

“Unlike being bos taurus implies cowness, or being phoenicopterus roseus implies flamingoness, being a Homosapien doesn’t imply being Humanness.  Being Human is something more than that!”

Felt it was a thoughtful video on Mankind’s responsibility of love and stewardship for our Planet, and the presentation was simple and enjoyable to watch.

Hope you enjoy watching too!

Main article from: www.gatesnotes.com (“Watch the Winner of Our Video Contest”)

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Friends and Stars

“Good friends are like stars. Your don’t always see them but you know that they are always there.”  Anon.

“True friends are like jewels, precious and rare.”  Anon.

“Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur.”  Quintus Ennius.
( “Friendship is ascertained in uncertain times” or “A friend in need is a friend indeed”)

“The best mirror is an old friend.” George Herbert.

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”  Aristotle.

“Friends are the siblings God never gave us.”  Mencius.

“A real friend is one who helps us think our best thoughts, do our noblest deeds, and be our finest selves.”  Elizabeth George.

photo credit: Arches National Park

Giving in the Right Ways

“Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Anon.

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” Mother Teresa.

“Liberality is not giving much but giving wisely.” Benjamin Franklin.

“Charity bestowed upon those who are worthy of it is like good seed sown on a good soil that yields an abundance of fruits. But alms given to those who are yet under the tyrannical yoke of the passions are like seed deposited in a bad soil. The passions of the receiver of the alms choke, as it were, the growth of merits.” Buddha.

“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.”  Anon.

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