Imagine someone asks you this question: “What are you?”

We seldom get queried in this way, since the more typical questions are: “Who are you?” or “What do you do?”

So take a moment to answer the question of what you consider yourself to be, first and foremost. Some of us will answer with our careers: “I’m a physician.” or “I’m a writer.” Others will state an important social connection: “I’m a mother.” or “I’m an American.” A few will refer to religion: “I’m a Muslim (or Atheist, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, etc).”

But few of us will reply, without forethought: “I am a warm-blooded animal that walks upright on its hind limbs and possesses an enlarged brain.” And yet, that is probably the most central and accurate description we could provide.

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Bodily Seduction as Invitation to Mindfulness

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  1. Hmmmm, so we are reduced to “cycles of carbon and calcium?”

    I prefer that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by our creator.

    As a believer, I will be returned to Him.

    • Alice–

      I’m working on an essay to present the other side: that we are best described as conscious entities (souls) inhabiting organic forms. But even if one takes that view, at death the body itself is still reduced to its constituent elements and recycled in the biosphere. The two descriptions are not mutually exclusive. In fact, since our biological nature is fairly evident, while our spiritual one remains debatable, even believers should look for ways to interweave the two perspectives. To deny biology is to deny material reality, just as to deny divinity is to deny higher meaning. Thanks for the comment.

      –Will

  2. I really like the zenfullness of your proposition. Thanks!

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