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On Being Human: A Reflection

Susanne R. Cook-Greuter

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Theresli  4.1942  –  4.2014  

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Wisdom out of the mouths
of babes and innocents

Theresli  self-­‐portrait  
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The Human Condition
What we share as humans
1.  The odds of our birth
  Specific social, cultural and linguistic
conditioning into sets of values, beliefs

2.  The universal need to matter
3.  Appreciation of Beauty, Excellence and
story
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Ego’s life-affirming function:
  To secure a sense of significance
  To create the illusion of permance
  To mitigate the fact of our mortality
and possible insignificance given our position
in the vast and unfathomable universe.

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On Being Human
Universal appreciation
  Excellence and beauty
  Music, dance and ritual
  Storytelling and guided
imagery (fantasy)
h:ps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrfRszXNepo  
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On Being Human
Differences:
4.  Cultural and linguistic conditioning
5.  Level of ego maturity or vertical
development

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Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer

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