Human Dancer


A couple of years ago, my son and I went through a phase together: for months we shared a favorite song, which quickly climbed to the top of my iPod’s “most played” list.

I am not a big fan of music videos—having come of age before MTV was widely available I did not grow up watching them—but I went out of my way to watch this one. I wanted to satisfy my curiosity about a group called The Killers who sang about what it means to be human.  I’m not sure why “Human” got stuck in my brain. Maybe it was the beat or the video’s desert vistas. Probably it was the lyrics that spoke to me: “And I’m on my knees looking for the answer/Are we human or are we dancer?”

More recently, I heard Daniel Sieradski speak about Transhumanism at a meeting of Rabbis Without Borders.  I was intrigued by his presentation of technologically-enhanced humans, his photos showcasing people with surgically implanted defibrillators alongside disturbing, dystopian images of the Borg and Minority Report.

It seems that Daniel’s PowerPoint—not unlike The Killers’ music video—has gotten lodged in my brain.  Now I am noticing signs of super humans everywhere.  At the very least, I am more attuned to the conversations of what it means to be human.  I have been inspired by stories, music, research, movies and television, and I have been feeling lately that extraordinary things are possible.

God endowed us with wisdom and creativity in Eden, and challenged us to remove the limitations that we set for ourselves. The question of The Killers is itself a limitation.  We are human, which in 2012 may mean something more than human. And we are dancer, moving to a rhythm with which we were originally programmed and creating new cadences as we strive to achieve our superhuman potential.

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In no particular order, here are my Top 7 Inspirations for being Human/Dancer in 2012. Be sure to click on the links!


Comments (1)

I love when life conspires to present you with multiple examples of the exact topic you were recently thinking about. Clearly, there is a divine overseer.

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