The human condition does not depend on factors such as gender, class or race. The human condition refers to the plight of human-beings and their inherent qualities as opposed to acquired or dependent qualities. Some would even say that it consists of the inherent instinct to thrive on new information and constantly seek purpose in the world. This inherent instinct to thrive and find purpose, however, has taken a different route. In light of current social and political situations, an appropriate example of the human condition within American society is its deterioration in a war-torn world.
At a certain point in time, I held the belief that the human condition was simply the state of being a human interacts and resides within. Everything seemed simplistic, and black and white without any complications. Real life problems, however, came to surface as the years went by. I came to realize that the human condition was no longer the happy-go-lucky sight I envisioned as a child.
As I grew older, various political events occurred that showed me how ugly the human condition can really be. Perhaps this ugly quality may not be humans’ initial drive, but nonetheless it indeed resides in many of us.
For example, being raised in America during the war in the Middle East was one of the events that placed my understanding of the human condition into a bleak light. While I wish I could still say that the human condition is inherently unbiased and seeks purpose in life the way I did many years ago, I have been convinced otherwise. Now I see it as something that seeks control and power. As a result of this, the human condition has been on the decline; particularly since 9/11.
While the attack did occur on American soil, the aftermath has essentially affected the rest of the world. One might think that as a society, we would be more developed in terms of reaching peace. Yet, today we are on the verge of a World War III. Among the past decade of unrelenting conflict between nations, one can see the coarsening among human relations and interactions. Although the human condition is not about gender, class or race, in a way it has still managed to create divisions among human beings.
At times it feels as though the general attitude as a society has acclimated to a point where this quest to attain control and power is acceptable. The lack of progress can make one believe that society has come to the determination that it is easier to step back and watch rather than stand up for what is just.
Despite the human condition’s shortcomings, however, one can be reassured by the positive changes that are occurring. People around the globe are rising up against aggression. I am optimistic because this is signaling a turning point in the human condition.
Essentially, the human condition has evolved in my eyes. To me, the human condition concerns do still consist of things such as the purpose of life and the pursuit of happiness. There is, however, a lot more that still lies beneath it.
My positive and bright outlook has turned somewhat grey throughout my life experiences. Its reputation has been tarnished in a greedy and war-torn world.