What Makes Truly Human?

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What Makes Man Truly Human?

The Social Dimensions of Human Existence
By Dr. Manuel B. Dy, Jr.

It has always been said that, “No man is an island”. Through this has become a cliché, but, in reality this is also the underlying dynamics of how each person truly lives and fully attained its potentialities. It is only when an individual is able to extend himself or herself in relation with others can there be fulfillment on all his or her endeavors since he or she does not exist apart from the others.

Dr. Manuel Dy understands being-with-others in various modes. One mode he calls socius and the other interpersonal. Both ways require a relationship & a responsibility as a matrix where the human being can develop himself/herself can have a grasp of every consequences of his/her action. It must be noted that the human being is endowed with the capacity to make a choice & decide. Hence, each person is in a dynamic process to exercise both freedom and responsibility to become who he or she wants to be, who jeopardizing the well being of others in existence.

Dy, in his line of though, asserts that a person is a being, who is not only free but becomes free and “responsible”. He or she is a person who becomes self-possessed within an objectively directed project of life. One of the trends in our time and culture is that many, if not majority, among the popular are becoming weak in handling responsibility. How many relationships are in the verge of breakdown because of one’s inability to extend himself/herself beyond for the greater good?

When something goes wrong, it is easier to blame others then take direct responsibility. It is easier to justify one’s inadequacy rather than accept and face squarely what is lacking. It is easier to defend or to complain or to escape than recognize that sometimes we are also flawed.

Moreover, it is very possible that an individual human being will not reach full development at all. We recognize that there are human...
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