For hundreds of years scientists have been telling us that we evolved from apes (primates) and named us Homo sapiens (wise primates). Now, they re telling us why our species is more than just unique. Unlike any other species, it possesses a vast range of all kinds of interactions (beliefs, behaviors, etc.) genetically inherited from its long animal ancestry. In addition, our species is evolving the potential to care beyond the caring range found in animals. This level of caring can be called being 'Human'.
From this vast potential, Becoming Human focuses on two things that make it difficult for us to get along with each other: 1) Most of us can interact only with the caring range inherited from animal nature, or our animalness. This is why most of us, like Osama bin Laden and Vice President Dick Cheney, easily interact with hatred and violence toward others. 2) a minority of us has a genetic potential to interact with an advanced level of caring, or humanness. Humanness has been displayed by such individuals as Jesus and Gandhi and continues in an increasing number of people.
As expected, the two groups' differences in caring clash over what is best for the welfare of life and its environment. The two groups' differences are detected in some cultures whose less caring politicians are labeled conservatives, and more caring politicians are labeled liberals. Scientists are now finding significant differences between liberals' and conservatives' cognitive processing, as well as in the brain structures of these two groups. These differences exemplify the startling transition that our species is undergoing.
The caring progression of cultures can also be seen when we look back at cultures of two thousand years ago or even of two hundred years ago. Today, it can be seen, globally, in attempts to replace capitalism's caring for a chosen few with socialism's intent of expanding caring for more of life and its environment. Thus, Becoming Human is a movement in making known our species' evolution toward humanness.