The human condition is a term that describes the characteristics of human existence including experience and behavior. The following are illustrative examples.
PhysicalThe experience of the body and ability to move through 3-dimensional space.
TimeMovement through time from past to present with no ability to jump forwards or go backwards in time.
Need & DesireHuman needs and desires such as air, water, food, shelter, clothing, sleep, reproduction, love, belonging, respect, self-esteem, freedom, recognition and self-actualization.
PainPain due to factors such as injury, sickness and hunger.
SicknessDisease and illness.
Mental IllnessDysfunctions of thinking, emotion and behavior.
Mental HealthExperiencing thought and emotions that are rational and conductive to quality of life.
Health Physical, mental and social well-being and the absence of disease or infirmity.
RestThe human need to rest and sleep to remain physically and mentally functional.The desire to do things.
EmotionStates of mind that color all thoughts such as joy.
HateFeeling an intense dislike of people, situations, systems or other things.
LoveThe ability to feel affection for people, animals, nature, things and abstract concepts.
ConflictMalicious and destructive interactions between people or groups.
CooperationThe ability to work together towards common goals.Competition for resources and position between people and groups. Competition is also a common element of play.
FailureA plan that doesn't achieve its aims.
LearningThe ability to learn from information and your experiences.Information as it exists in the human mind. For example, an engineer who knows how to design a safe aircraft.
EducationThe process of developing the mind and acquiring knowledge.
AltruismDoing things that you perceive as good for people and planet without any expectation of reward or recognition.
RegretRegret at past failures that can't be undone.The ability to think in a systematic way working with facts and probabilities.Developing ideas that other people would view as reasonable.
BeliefThe ability to believe in things you can't directly confirm.
ImaginationSeeing beyond current realities to invent.
TruthRepresenting fact and opinion truthfully and candidly.
DeceptionAttempts to deceive others.
IntrospectionThe ability to examine your own character, behavior, thoughts and emotion to understand yourself.
Self-DeceptionAttempts to deceive yourself.Labor that is unpleasant but necessary.
WorkLabor that is satisfying as an act of productivity and creation.
ToolsThe use of technology to improve work or make it more productive.The use of technology to eliminate toil or improve efficiency and quality.
PlaySetting and achieving goals that have nothing to do with production in the pursuit of joy. Essential to the full development of the mind.Using the imagination to create unique and novel value.Transcending the stark realities of production and logic to enjoy life through human elements such as art, music, cuisine, literature, performance art, film, festival and celebration.
LanguageThe ability to communicate using language.
SpiritualityThe ability to contemplate or experience the nature of the universe and the self.
ReligionOrganized spirituality.The pursuit of opportunity despite risk.The pursuit of safety despite opportunity.Institutions, systems and customs that govern life in a place.
PoliticsThe means by which groups make decisions.
OrganizationsThe tendency for people to organize into groups with a well defined structure such as a government, institution, company or non-profit organization.
WealthThe stored value accumulated by a society, organization, group or individual.
PovertyThe inability of a society, group or individual to secure the basics of life such as clean air, water, food, shelter, clothing, health care and education.The tendency for people to rank and compare themselves and others according to a broad range of social signals such as coolness or wealth.
Social BondsThe development of relationships between people such as romantic love, family and friends.
FreedomThe ability to do what you want free from constraint. For example, privacy is the freedom to be unobserved.
ControlControl of resources and rules of behavior that are imposed on individuals and enforced with systems.
CustomsFlexible rules that are followed on a more or less voluntary basis. A pleasing alternative to strict rules and controls.
ConstraintsConstraints imposed upon an individual by society, their group membership or realities such as a lack of resources.
CommunityThe social interactions that occur in a place such as a neighborhood or town. In many cases, a place develops its own culture that guides local interactions.
ChangeThe fact that all things constantly change such that societies, organizations and individuals must regularly reinvent themselves to survive.
Innovation & RevolutionChange that is sudden and disruptive.
FearA dread emotional state that is a useful reaction to imminent risk. Fears can also be irrational.The tendency of societies, groups and individuals to fight dramatic change in an attempt to preserve stability.Things that are done a certain way because they have long been done that way. Often valued by people as an element of culture that provides stability and a sense of connectedness with the past.
NatureThe world beyond human things such as air, water, land, animals, plants and ecosystems.
TechnologyHuman manufactured things that have perceived value for systems or people.The tendency for technology to be poorly designed such that it destroys nature.
MortalityThe knowledge of our inevitable death.
Self-FulfillmentThe pursuit of a meaningful life.
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