I say to my child,
I will explain to you as much of life as I can,
but you must remember that there is a part of life
for which you are the explanation.
The human body, as in all mammals, is a biological system, which consists of organs that in-turn consist of tissues that are all constructed of cells. As such, there is much in evolutionary biology that suggests humanity is just another species within the much wider taxonomy of life. However, while this is true, at least, within the confines of science, there is still much in the make-up of humanity that also singles it out for some special attention. Therefore, we shall consider the blueprint of human life in two distinct parts:
Note: Due to the importance of our sight sense, we have come to identify life through its physical form. Our bodies and facial expressions help identify our emotions and even lead people to make premature assumptions about our personality and our character, based on our physical appearance only. Of course, our bodies also provide the means through which we interact with the physical world and its abilities have therefore helped define the nature of our survival, so far. As such, our 'shape and form' has a profound effect on our physical capability and persona.
Although the human body is undoubtedly amazing, it would not have much purpose without the spark of intelligence guiding its actions and it is in this context that humanity appears to stand out from the rest of life on planet Earth. Therefore, some would say the bigger challenge to understanding the nature of human life lies within human neuro-physiology. In a wider context, the level of evolution of the human brain may well be unique within the solar system, and possibly even the entire galaxy, although both are still speculation. However, unlike any other species before, humanity now stands on the threshold of defining it own evolutionary path rather than relying on the random nature of natural selection. As such, human evolution is not just about understanding where we come from, but more importantly, where we might be heading.
Human life is driven
forward by its dim apprehension
of notions too general for its existing language.
Alfred North Whitehead