The human experience is a term for the realities of human existence including the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical characteristics of human life. The following are illustrative examples.
BirthThe experience of being born into an unfamiliar world.
TimeThe experience of progressing through time from past to present with no ability to go back from the current moment.
SpaceThe ability to move through 3-dimensional space such as running and jumping.
Sense & SensationThe senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound and sensations such as dizziness.
Physical ExperienceExperiencing the body such as the feeling of tiredness from physical exertion.
FamilySocial bonds with family such as the maternal and paternal bond.
FriendshipBuilding social bonds with people who were previously strangers.
ChildhoodThe experience of being young with your whole life ahead of you.
PlayEngaging in activities that are enjoyable that have no productive purpose other than learning, exploration and stimulation.
ChangeThe constant change to all things that creates a need to constantly adapt.
AdulthoodProgressing and growing as a person to take on responsibility within groups such as a society, organization, community or family.
CommunityNavigating the social processes required to get along with people who live in the same place as you. This can potentially be fulfilling and rewarding.Navigating the systems and customs of the place where you live.
Participating in shared traditions in areas such as language, literature, art, entertainment, architecture, festivals, celebration, holidays and cuisine.
AestheticsFeeling that things are attractive or unattractive. For example, the ability to enjoy beautiful scenery.
NatureEnjoyment of nature such as breathing clean cool air into your lungs.
Sickness & PainNegative experiences related to the body such as sickness, pain and hunger.
ProblemsChallenges that prevent us from easily getting what we want.The need to outperform others when you both want the same constrained resource or position. A competitive spirit is also a human characteristic that is enjoyed in contexts such as sports and games.
FailureA failed attempt to reach a goal.
LearningThe process of acquiring new knowledge through failures, successes and the consumption of information.
KnowledgeThe state of being knowledgeable about something.
BeliefThe ability to believe in something that you can't directly confirm.
SpiritualityContemplation of the wonders of universe and of the self.
LogicThe ability to work with facts that can be confirmed with concrete evidence.
ImaginationThe ability to think beyond what is known. For example, a physicist who imagines a thought experiment that can be used to derive foundational theories for how the universe works.The ability to develop ideas that other people view as valid.
SuccessSuccessfully executing a plan to achieve a goal.
RestRelaxation, leisure and sleep.The desire to do things other than rest.
EmotionConscious states that give color to our thoughts.Being able to feel what other people feel. For example, looking at a painting and being able to feel what the artist or subject of the painting felt.
FearA dread emotion that is typically invoked by risk.
JoyA broad category of positive emotion.
Hate & AngerNegative emotions that can cause an individual to act against other people in a negative way.
ConflictMalicious and destructive interactions between people and groups.
DestructionThe loss of life and value. For example, war, disasters and crime.
FreedomThe ability to do what you want.
PrivacyFreedom from being observed.
ConstraintRestrictions on your freedom such as a student who must follow certain rules in class or face a punishment.The ability to create something of value that is novel and non-obvious.
SpontaneityCreativity at high speed such as the ability to say something witty in a conversation.
WorkThe process of creating value with one's efforts.
HappinessA sense of contentment such as enjoying leisure time with friends and family.
Self-FulfillmentA sense that you have done something positive with your potential.
AgingThe transition of the body and mind through stages of life from childhood to old age.
MortalityThe knowledge of one's inevitable death and experience of death itself.
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