The Human Spark
by Jennifer Pellegrino
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The video ďThe Human SparkĒ brought about some interesting discussion. I know that this is not what we were asked to write about exactly, but in class we were told that if we learn something new we should want to shout it to the world! Well, I donít have a megaphone on me, so this is the best I can do. I learned something fantastic today, something that has completely altered my understanding of the world, of God and of humans. I learned what the human spark was.
In anthropology class today, we discussed what is the "human spark"? What makes us different from our little primate friends? When did we, the "modern" human branch off become so special?
Answers flew around the class. Some said language makes us different or maybe the way we can think. We had to ask and answer the question "What do we share with other primates and what do we not share?" Because ultimately, this should lead us to the human spark.
I, a student, wondered and asked, "Has any research been done, or is there any evidence that animals worship; that they are worshipping creatures?" The professor replied simply that there hasnít been any evidence found. I honestly didnít realize it at the time, but the more I thought about the more I began to see the truth.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth as it says in the book of Genesis included in both the Talmud and the Holy Bible. It also records that God made the animals and that God formed man from the dust in His own image. This is where we begin. But where is the proof? I myself am a thinking young woman and I want to see, to understand before I believe. For all of us like this, it is both a blessing and curse. I understand and know that the truth is that God is the cause of the spark, how He created us. But the spark, the one trait which humans carry that sets us apart as evidence for this is worship.
Now, I use the word worship, as it pertains to the stereotypical use, which our society is familiar with. Worship, then is the adoration of an object or person. To worship is to live sacrificially for something or someone, it is to live a life in pursuit of that thing or person. What we worship is essentially our demi- god. For example, the person who spends every spare moment thinking about their job or performing the duties of their job, sacrificing much or all for their job...their job is the object of their worship. Some worship God, some worship music, some worship a person, themselves or being good. Everyone worships something always.
Worship is the only trait that animals do not share with us. Humans are beings made to worship. We are made with a capacity we feel the need to fill. What we fill it with is up to us however. With all due respect, for the great minds, I would argue that many evolutionary anthropologists try to fill this capacity with knowledge of where this capacity comes from (whether or not they recognize this as being worship, they look for the human spark).
Worship, I believe, is the human spark; very strong evidence that we were created by something or someone greater than ourselves. The origin of the spark comes from being created in the image of God, in His likeness. Though he created the animals, he formed us in His likeness of character, giving us the ability to love and understand and be whom we are. To create a spark one needs two materials. To be primitive, a spark will not ignite on its own. Two pieces of wood are needed, rubbed together until the appropriate level of heat is generated and a spark will fly. If being created by God in His likeness is one piece of wood or piece of flint, then there has to be someone rubbing those two pieces together to create that spark. Who then? WHO is generating this spark? Who loves? Who is all-knowing? Who is greater than we are? Who is a being worthy of worship? God.
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