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We love our species the most.
And we make the same mistake over and over again.
We tell ourselves what is and what isn’t “human”.
Or that certain activity or technological progress makes / will make us less human, deprives us of our human characteristics, or is in conflict with who we are as human beings. Or that we were born for something else — that we absolutely need to keep doing this or that, because once we stop we will not be human beings anymore.
And the best part, most of us believe this nonsense.
I think it’s not true. I think there is no such thing as a fixed definition of a human being, nor is there a fixed set of characteristics of a human being (something we think we managed to figure out, and, by the way, about which we constantly lie to ourselves), and if so, we can never say that something (the behavior which we will learn in our future) will not be “human”. I mean we can say it, but it will be bullshit.
Thus as long as we are this species (erect posture, bipedal locomotion, high manual dexterity, heavy tool use compared to other animals, open-ended and complex language use compared to other animal communications, and a general trend toward larger, more complex brains and societies) we will never be less human. It’s impossible.
It’s possible that we will evolve into something new in a distant future (like it happened when we became human beings), and will find it appropriate to stop calling ourselves human beings and will find some other name (or someone else will do that for us), but right now nobody evolved into anything new so saying that we’re becoming less human doesn’t make any sense at all. It could make sense if we all agreed that everything evolves and that we evolve too, and that, if so, we started losing our humanity from day one and it happens because it’s inevitable. So what’s the big deal anyway?
We evolve and if people will stop talking to each other at all, or if they all will stop caring about the nature or for another human being, or stop believing in God entirely, it will be 100% human. Maybe none of it will ever happen. But if it will happen, it will not mean that we have been deprived of something (part of our humanity).
Treating anything as an unalterable part of humanity is a mistake.