What is Man?

To me, men and women have the potential to be just about anything we wish to be, individually and collectively. Protectors. Destroyers. Users. Abusers. Givers. Lovers. Creators of pain and suffering. Healers. Each of us has a choice every minute of every day of our lives, and I love that even if we’ve made a lifetime of poor choices, there is nothing that says our next choice we make can’t be a kind one, followed by many more loving ones. Thank you for your thought-provoking post, Diana. I’m re-blogging it.

With Love,



Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails. ~ Plato

I laughed out loud when I read this quote.

It’s like someone is trying to describe a human being to someone who has never seen one.

Or the first sentence an alien visiting our planet would jot down upon seeing his very first human. Something that might then be read by a youngster from a science book on the home planet of the visiting alien.

This description of man is so basic, so un-glorious, unremarkable, just another carbon-based lifeform noted in some being’s record of observations. Just another animal on the planet earth.

Could it be that is all that Homo sapiens (wise person) are?

Or is man a divine creature fashioned in the image of his creator? Does he have dominion over the earth and all its creatures. Does he have the responsibility to protect them and steward the earth’s resources for the benefit of…

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About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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3 Responses to What is Man?

  1. Ok I read this and thought I have already read this, why because I am a follower of Diane’s liked it there like it here

  2. Thanks for the re-blog Russ! Love your thoughts in the introduction. ❤
    Diana xo

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