Professor KaminskiHUM-101-05We are both differentiated and unified by disparities and similarities based on our gender, history, language, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and, in many cases, income level. There are these differences that test our intelligence and feelings as we learn to function and live-in peace. The concept of "being human" has certainly meant — and will continue to mean — many things over time. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. But one thing it must certainly include today is the willingness to understand that the issue is a challenge in and of itself. Humans are notoriously self-centered. We tend to believe that being human is somehow unique and important. We live on a world with billions of other living beings, each with their own unique way of life. We exist in a world that is made up of stories rather than physical objects. We are beings of memory, not reminders, and of passion, not loves. Being aware of the needs of others is not the purpose of life, but it is the work of life.