Does More Knowledge Make us Less Human?

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It’s been established for centuries that our emotional capacity is what makes us human; it’s what separates us from androids as it’s been showcased in many movies. Another movie to add to that list is the recent sci-fi flick Lucy. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil the movie for you. Although I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about whether or not you should watch it.

One of the movie tropes it plays on is the emotionless future ideal, meaning the more knowledge she was gaining, the less she felt human. She was able to think past pain and emotion to the point where it was oblivious to her. Thus, her behavior became less empathetic/sympathetic, and more robotic.

But why is emotion sacrificed for knowledge? The more we know, the less we feel?

Granted, sometimes ignorance is bliss. I have been guilty of being over analytical especially with my emotions. I get caught up on deciphering and rationalizing my emotions, hindering me from enjoying things for what they are and accepting that I’m just human. However, I think I’m over analytical because I’m more emotional

But ignorance isn’t always bliss. Isn’t it the more we know, the more we understand, and the more we feel compassionate? Here’s another example: After taking a film analysis class, I can look deeper into movies, understanding and appreciating its subtleties. Does that make my movie-watching experience better or worse?

Okay, here’s one more example. Some of my friends are immersed in the gaming world. I’m not. Over the years, I have been open to learning more about it from my own research and from them. Now when they tell me exciting gaming news, I understand why and have total compassion for them. So if I didn’t learn about gaming, I wouldn’t care if the new Mario Kart was released.

With that said, I don’t think we become less human when we gain more knowledge. If anything, we’ll understand more of what it means to be human. If we ever discover the ways of the universe, why we were created, and the meaning of life, perhaps we’ll have a better understanding of what’s happening to us and live our lives even more compassionately. But I guess that all depends on the answers to those big questions.

About Ronnell Morris

Ronnell is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of NWYT. She is a copywriter by day, a performer by night, and a triathlete by weekend. She loves Disney, musicals, eating, YouTube videos, list-making, and the colors pink and gray too much for her own good. See All of Ronnell's Posts

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