What is the human struggle/human condition?

My teacher keeps mentioning this for my English class, but Im still having trouble understanding after looking it up and asking for clarification.

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  • 3 years ago
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    The human condition is "the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality."[1] This is a very broad topic which has been and continues to be pondered and analyzed from many perspectives, including those of religion, philosophy, history, art, literature, anthropology, psychology, and biology.

    As a literary term, "the human condition" is typically used in the context of ambiguous subjects such as the meaning of life or moral concerns



  • Mary
    Lv 6
    3 years ago

    It's pretty much that, really. Having something like a question without an answer.

  • 3 years ago

    it's a short hand way to say, "everything experiential as a human".

  • 3 years ago

    It is to be better than our baser nature.

    Every living thing has a desire to survive. In nature survival for one often means death for another. However human society has evolved in such a way that we do not have to like like that, and yet some individuals can not help but hurt others to get ahead. That is the human condition and the struggle is trying to be better than that.

    I don't know how accurate that is but that is what it has always meant to me.

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  • Paul
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    The teacher is right ,life is a struggle and the best way to face it is education

    Aristotle ,Plato and Socrates would all tell you that to live a good life you should learn -- virtue -- In todays world virtue is considered silly and people think it is more important to take drugs and have fun. Unfortunatlly that is not now and never was true. Find Kiping's "IF" on the web its about how to be a man . If you can walk with Kings and not lose the common touch etc.Better still find a copy of the philosophy from Norway by a philosopher called Jostein Gaarder . The book was called Sophie's World ,it was written for a 13 year old girl and covers all the philosophy from Aristotle up to today Good Luck

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    A novel by André Malraux.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    The phrase you give (struggle/condition) is variously interpreted--many possible meanings.

    Most meanings are essentially restatements of Plato's Cave metaphor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_Cave or in modern culture, "The Matrix." Fifty years ago "existentialism" was the phrase for dealing with what Socrates and Plato noted as "unexamined living." Sartre's existential answer: be rational, maximize your positives, seek to reduce your negatives--"enlightened self-interest."

    The best analysis of the human condition is given by Abraham Maslow's research which focused on healthy, successful people: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_o...

    If your teacher is more "depressed" or pessimistic about the way things are, then neither Plato's nor Maslow's understanding and approach will appeal as much as the more emo "existentialism."

    Good examples of someone figuring ways how to survive when "handed lemons": "Man's Search for Meaning," Viktor Frankl's poignant account of life endured in a concentration camp; "Inside the Aquarium," Viktor Suvorov's account of the near-total control in the Soviet GRU (military); "Long Pilgrimage," John Bennett's biography of a man who walked around the globe.

    Similar, fictional accounts: "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich;" "Darkness at Noon."

    Related: "Youth: Creators of the Future;" "The Answer You're Looking for Is inside You;" "For Couples Only;" "Autobiography of a Yogi;" "Beams from Meher Baba," "The Human Spirit" by Ann Ree Colton, "Tavistock Institute" by Daniel Estulin.

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