The self what is a Human Human is a Planet the Planet Human on Planet Earth Cells of us

People are largely collections of cells, bacteria, fungi and other microbes. The human DNA in any individual is a very small percentage of what each person is made from. According to Paul Hawken, of the one quadrillion cells in the human body, (even the body reading this,) 90% of those cells are non human cells.

Other sources put that figure at just over ninety trillion cells, but who are we to quibble over a trillion here or there, when most people cannot even fathom one billion? Much of our bacteria reside in the intestines where digestion occurs (thankfully) due to the most beneficial of 500 species of bacteria there.

With this in mind, to speak of the “self” is somewhat misleading. And this is not just due to the fact that we are not just human cells. We are also comprised primarily of just four elements, hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen. We are water, minerals and air, too.

In terms of the air that moves through the lungs, into the blood and is exhaled out into the environment, the air moves, changes and is inhaled and exhaled, but the self doing it is not as consistently just one thing, as that CO2 is, for example. The proteins with which we feed the human body also exist inside and outside in the material world, and like the air are shared continually between organisms and even soils and rocks which over time cycle through periods of being inanimate.

So then, what is a human being? The word “being” is key. We are an action that is occurring in relationships to other organisms and objects that are simultaneously BE-ing as well. When people speak of the uniqueness of human beings, they might stop much more often to consider that not only is life not unique to the planet which is the human body, but life is not existent without amazingly complex bio-diversity internally and externally in a larger body called earth.

Being “a” human is very much an illusion. Speaking of the “I” is a very telling aspect of how people see themselves. There is some consistency in the masses of cells we carry around from day to day, although we are in constant flux, and variation, but there is no permanent or constant “self.”

That humans have thoughts come into their minds and volition, that they have emotions suggests that all these things come together to help serve the selves connected to all the selves within, and beyond, the human body.

The idea of a human spirit or soul is a very interesting one indeed, and it began millennia ago with the wind, air, or breathe of a creator. That moving and living aspect of the self, the moving air that gives life to all organisms is a idea of great value if we reconnect ourselves to the life-giving air.

When we see air as something needed for life, human and more than human life, and even spiritual life, we extend understanding and belonging. If we must envision it for sustaining us physically, emotionally, spiritually and in belonging as One, we are more likely to value all our diversity. When we value air, and all the life it gives through plant and animal inhalation and exhalation, we begin to see the self as we actually exist, in a community. To value fresh air, becomes to value the life that is within us and beyond us.

The community that is the self and the community that sustains the self are symbiotic and in every meaningful sense connected.

This truth of natural laws says more about the need for belonging, compassion, connection and who we on earth really are, then all the scriptures of all time thrown together. Seeing the air created and cleaned by a pristine forest is much more of who we are, then our language and written words, which often are employed to divide and attack one another as if there is such a thing as possessed truth.

Truth, like beauty, cannot be possessed, it can only be breathed and appreciated.