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Diary of a Critic
Just about the daily things I think about which my friends either don't want to hear or just don't understand.
Okay, so I was thinking. What is humanity? I mean, what defines us? What inspired me to ask this question is, I was reading a murder mystery novel, and whenever it describes a corpse it would use pronoun like 'it' instead of 'him' or 'her'. This made me think, does dying make you less human? And if so, what does that make the concept of humanity.

The fact that you become an 'it' when you die suggests that humanity is not biological at all. It means, if you were human because of the blood pumping through your veins and the steady flow of breath, any animal could be considered human. If it was the way our anatomy, then surely we would still treat a dead body as a human, rather than an object.

Which leads me to believe that humanity is a state of mind. But how is that possible? Because that would suggest that we can become so twisted and disturbed that we are no longer human, we can become something else; but that in turn also makes a twisted kind of sense. It explains how some people can murder without any hint of moral regret.

Well, that's enough philosophical ranting for now.
S'laters, Diary.

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