I almost had to laugh last class period because of the topic of what is human, or what is humanity. There are so many different ways to address this question. If anyone has read, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, this novel is a perfect example of how this questioned is asked. This novel is about androids that resemble humans but I think it works in the same context. Professor Ganyard stated that the novel, He, She, and It, had an emphasis on the idea of being human is to be educated. The quote, “I believe even the poorest child should learn to read and write, should learn Hebrew. The knowledge of the book can’t be hoarded by the children of the rich.”(1) Another quote talking about novels, “That as a way to understand human interactions and responses. It’s a key to people’s interior life.” (2) I feel like the second quote in particular is saying that the way to understanding people’s minds is educating themselves through reading. And with that, to the first quote, education is important in all aspects of life, rich or poor, all people need to understand each other. But just with this thought, is just the aspect of education take what it means to be human? If someone wasn’t able to be educated can they still possess humanity and be human? Or if something like an android is more intelligent than a less fortunate person, is the android more human than the other?
Roy Baty, in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (also pictured), looks like a real man, can talk and respond and is educated like a real man, but he is an android. Is he human because he is educated? I don’t think this question of what is human or not cannot be answered by any one person. But I personally think it takes a lot more than education to possess humanity. (I’m not saying that the book only talks about education makes a being a human, that’s just the topic I thought it was interesting to write about.)
 Marge Piercy, He, She, and It (New York: Ballantine Books, 1991), 203.
 Marge Piercy, He, She, and It (New York: Ballantine Books, 1991), 117.