To Be Human

Recent news items have challenged the very idea of what it means to be human. Apparently, it has been determined by anthropologists that several different ape species have entered, and have perhaps been for some time, in their own version of what is referred to the “stone age” in the human developmental timeline.

Long-tailed macaques live on islands in Thailand (Credit: Mark MacEwen/NPL)

Long-tailed macaques live on islands in Thailand (Credit: Mark MacEwen/NPL)

Since tool using and tool making have long been considered the very definition of “human”, is it time to consider how we might redefine our humanness?

As a student of anthropology myself, I came across a tidbit I have long preserved in memory but cannot still cite the source…Members of every known culture, from ancient to modern, have adorned themselves with some form of jewelry. Could it be possible that this may help to form a new definition of what it means to be human?

I’m ready to run with that!

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3 thoughts on “To Be Human”

    1. Apparently my friend Jo Hammer’s mom put it another way. Paraphrasing best possible…”What sets humans apart from animals is our ability to accessorize!” Love it!!

  1. Gary –

    Remember that unique if ancient documentary TV series, “The Ascent of Man” with Prof. Jacob Bronowski? Ah right.. you’re not old enough! (smile) Toward the end of that series, Bronowski spoke rather eloquently.. that man made his tools “better than they had to be” (to do whatever the task was), and THEN he’d decorate them! He also noted that one of the major differences between Cro-Magnon (modern man) and Neanderthals, was in their personal adornments. Specifically he pointed out early beads, and shells and such, that modern man had figured out how to drill holes in, so that they could be suspended from cordage, strictly for personal adornment (and all that signifies). The Neanderthals toward the end of their time, sought to imitate some of that adornment, however without the ability (technology) nor drilling tools, simply abraded a groove around the small items, and knotted the cordage so that it remained tight in that groove, allowing the item to be suspended as well. Obviously to both cultures, there was great significance and meaning in the kinds and types of personal adornment. We’ll never know I suppose, what designs and colors may have been painted on their bodies, but that early jewelry seems to show just how inbred the need is, within us all, to modify our appearances with some sort of jewelry, no?

    Peace -Gerry

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