The Duality of Being Human

Here is a great post from Stephen Dennstedt from his blog with a bit of a philosophical tone as he travels through paradise with his brother, Joel.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

wb-img_2747 Stephen F. Dennstedt

My brother Joel and I had a long philosophical discussion over breakfast this morning. Breakfast in paradise (Yucatan, MX) I might add. Sorry ’bout that—just had to get my little envy-factor dig in, that’s the way I roll. On a more serious note, I came away with a few observations about human nature and what being human is all about. Empirical evidence would suggest we are creatures of opposites.

Almost everything about us shouts duality: male/female, young/old, dark/light, love/hate, introvert/extrovert, conservative/progressive, bravery/cowardice and the list goes on ad infinitum. Even though science refers to us with the collective Homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man”) we seem to be anything but homogeneous. We are different, you and I.

Yet as a species we are less different from what we think. Seen from afar, and not mucking around in our own private little hells, we share many things in…

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