Revolutionary Worker #897, March 9, 1997
1 We are, in fact, made of "starstuff," along with everything else on
earth, living or not.
2 On earth, living things are typically made up of one or more living
cells. And all forms of life on earth are related and are descendants of the first one-celled creatures to live on this planet.
3 All the different kinds of living creatures or organisms
have in common:
4 Human beings have a lot in common with all the other
life-forms on the planet. What makes us "different" is not really the things that prove we are "alive." After all, there's a lot of "life" all around!
What makes us different, or "special," is that we have evolved to a higher degree than any other species the ability to change the conditions of life through social means--by living and struggling in concert with other human beings during our entire lives. This--being part of human society rather than just being alive--is the essence of what makes us human beings.