All in all, I think it's worth giving up my usual posting time for all of that. Nonetheless, I must post, so that's what I'm going to do now. In fact, I've got a special treat for you guys! Our first essay prompt in English was "What is human?". After jamming to Human After All for a few minutes, I sat down and wrote, and most importantly got an A!
What is human? Some would say it’s a scientific matter based upon one’s physical self, or perhaps maybe it is our imperfections, or that we are created in God’s image. I’m sure all of these have the right idea, but I think there’s something more to it than that. I believe, and hope to convince you too, that humanity really hinges upon a desire to improve one’s self.
There are an estimated 59,811 vertebrate species on our planet; however, only one of these species has ever developed a culture and made as many technological improvements as ourselves: humans. We have gone from dusty nomads in the Fertile Crescent to artistically and technologically advanced empires, whereas monkeys are still monkeys, birds are still birds and they do the same thing they’ve done for millennia. On a far less broad scale of improvement, I would like to call attention to the silent film Electroma by the French band Daft Punk. The film features two robots with a desire to become humans. In a rather futile attempt at doing so, they seek out a cosmetic human exterior, but when this fails, they wander off aimlessly and depressed into the desert to their eventual self-imposed deaths. I believe that their desire to become human, and then their evident sadness when they discovered that they could not be something they were not in a sense grants them a metaphysical sort of human designation.
So every time we seek out knowledge, every time we alter our appearance to a perceived level of ‘better-ness’, every time we strive for a goal, we are being human. To quote the android Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, “I am superior, Sir, in many ways. But I would gladly give it up to be human.”
Gotta love the Daft Punk references. I think the end quote from Data may have been the clincher for her.
Anyway, since we're on the topic of Human After All and Data, how about some Daft Punk and datA?
datA - Morphosis [right click to download]
datA - Aerius Light [right click to download]
datA - Paste Back [right click to download]
datA - Master Level [right click to download]
Daft Punk - Human After All (Peterdragontail Remix) [right click to download]
Daft Punk - Human After All (SebastiAn Remix) [right click to download]
And one last track, just for kicks:
Tom Hodge - Aerodynamic [right click to download]