AUTHOR: TANA SMITH
I did some research on the primitive requirements of what makes us a human being. I based my findings on biology; concentrating on the basic structural levels and survival needs of a human.
Structurally we possess 6 levels to the human body: chemical, cellular, tissue, organ, organ system, and organism (essentially your body as a whole). We maintain those structural levels by upkeep in our survival needs, which are: nutrients, oxygen, water, and appropriate atmosphere.
“Appropriate atmosphere” refers to gas exchange between the lungs at an adequate altitude. From a psychological perspective, “appropriate atmosphere” can be viewed as a “suitable environment”. Those terms live synonymously insofar as a survival need of a human (don’t ask me, ask Maslow). Without that basic need, or any human structural level, your conditions to survive would not suffice.
The reason I researched these basic requirements was to expose the stupidity behind trying to regulate a human based upon their race, sex, or religion. Let me explain:
I recently attended my first HRC Gala in Downtown Phoenix this past Saturday. Every story about the gala that I shared to coworkers/friends revolved around a term that was tossed around a lot that night: “unconditional love,” and how evident it was in the ballroom from start to finish. As you sat back during the powerful speeches and heard from those that have suffered, or those that had an uplifting message, you realized that you were all there to fight for acceptance for something that was being shared that whole night. That feeling is love, and according to Maslow (McLeod, 2013), love is a basic psychological need.
So, if we all possess those biological and psychological requirements on the most basic human level, then we are all one race. We are all one sex. We are all one category, if you will. These regulations are manmade, and created off of irrational discomfort for another human being- which makes zero sense because we are all one category.
I am an advocate of equality and therefore am all in favor of campaigns that express that state of being. I never had to “choose” what stance I should take on equal rights, I simply look in the mirror and realize that I have 6 layers to my body…and know that someone who’s transgender, a black middle aged man, an immigrant, a woman, or any one else who may feel discriminated against has those 6 layers, too.
Love is a human’s natural emotion…and we must create the appropriate atmosphere for that to exist.
If you didn’t understand this article, please let me know what sex or race these bodies are:
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McLead, Saul, (2007). Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html. SimplyPsychology.org.
n.a., (2013). Maintaining life: necessary life functions. http://anatomyandphysiologyi.com/maintaining-life-necessary-life-functions/. AnatomyandPhysiologyi.com.