Friday, May 20, 2016

TRANSCENDENCE OF THE HUMAN PERSON



After profound and prolonged study, the conclusion comes to fore that man has two different basic characteristics:  One is “corporal” and the other is “transcendental” which is definitely absent  in brute animals – and so in all other beings on earth, be they living or still.  They are but two fundamental characteristics of man – not two natures of one and the same human creature.  These two inborn and innate characteristics of man are precisely what constitute the unity of the human person.  Take away one thereof, and there is no human person to talk about, to look after.  Put them together and there emerges the integral reality and transcendence of the human person.  Question:  What does “transcendence” mean – in simple words?

In its more simple and common understanding, a reality is qualified as “transcendental” when it does not merely stay in the now but also reaches out to the beyond, when it does not purely remain in the realm of the natural but also ascends to the sphere of the supernatural, when it does not simply dwell in the physical but also ascends to the realm of the metaphysical.  This in essence is “Transcendence” – something already reaching out to the beyond while still in the here and now.

The essential and unique features of the human person – his transcendence in particular – are what makes the entity attentive to and concerned not only with finite realities but also with infinite truths.  So is it that the human person is not only “open to the fullness of being” but also to the  “unlimited horizon of being”.    The human person has in itself “the ability to transcend individual particular objects” establishing its “openness to unlimited Being”, i.e., its capacity and disposition to go and reach out beyond itself – the opposite of which is self-containment which is closed to everything else outside itself.

All the above particulars notwithstanding, let it be expressly stated and definitively affirmed that every human person is unique, singular, unrepeatable.  This means that:  First, every human person is someone whose categorical particulars are definite and defining of itself alone, such that they are not shared with any other human person.  Second, a human person is one and alone in its constitution and consequent  being so that there it has no duplicate of any kind or any carbon copy at any given time, in any given place.  Third,  the human person consumes its own self-identity in the sense that there can be nothing exactly like it anywhere, in anyway at any time.  Conclusion:  Every human person is thus a unique, singular and unrepeatable individual.  Every person is intrinsically invaluable – for its singularity and uniqueness among other significant attributions.  It is in this admittedly profound and singular context that Human Rights  should be understood and respected, affirmed and protected.

It is both proper and timely that the above signal realities and noble truths are brought to fore – now that someone is about to hold the highest and most powerful Office in the land.  Let it be said that all such prerogatives notwithstanding, the person concerned has no human right over and above all other human persons all over the land.