Kim Arazi on "What is the most beautiful thing about being human?"

This is the first in a series of Crossmodalist blogs exploring our identity as a human race. I’ve asked a range of interesting people from the XM community for their own answer to the following question:

”What is the most beautiful thing about being human?”

For today’s post, we have Kim Arazi; a humanist, futurist, creative technologist and crossmodalist.  Through her company Innosensi, she works at the intersection of art, science and technology to design multisensory experiences that consciously connect us back to ourselves, each other and our environment, with the ultimate purpose of creating positive social change.

In her own words:

I find this question to be especially poignant in today’s fast-moving, technology-addicted, selfie-obsessed insta-culture.

To me, the most beautiful thing about being human is our ability to love. I’m not referring to romantic love, although that’s definitely an element of it, but rather I’m talking about love of ourselves, of each other and our planet. I’m referring to that feeling of conscious connection with another being, whether it be human, animal or Mother Earth, that fills your heart and touches your soul and reminds you we are not alone – that we are all in this together, all part of the same living force. It’s that raw feeling of deep affection, gratitude and appreciation for everyone and everything we encounter. 

Love is also one of the main things that separates humans from machines. Unlike factual information that can be fed into a computer to create artificial intelligence, love, as the true essence of life, cannot be broken down into code and learned by a robot; the mere idea of ‘artificial love’ immediately contradicts what love is all about.

In its purest form, love is indescribable, unquestionable and unquantifiable, yet it’s also our most valuable asset; without it, humanity could not function and the world as we know it would immediately end.

In my opinion, to be human is to love.

Our next post will see the question examined from the perspective of an “emotional linguist”… until then, enjoy your Sunday!