Unit 4 Big Idea and Essential Questions
“Humanity has gradually, and in very diverse ways, shaped our habits of mind, our relationship to the world, our models of behavior and the values we accept and recognize. In essence, this new, single epidermis of world civilization merely covers or conceals the immense variety of cultures, of peoples, of religious worlds, of historical traditions and historically formed attitudes, all of which in a sense lie ‘beneath’ it. At the same time, even as the veneer of world civilization expands, this “underside” of humanity, this hidden dimension of it, demands more and more clearly to be heard and to be granted a right to life.” -Vaclav Havel
- What is humanity’s essential nature? What are its distinguishing elements?
- What does it mean to be human? What distinguishes humans from other living things?
- How does humanity shape an individual? How does humanity guide an individual’s actions?
- How has time and the changing world shaped humanity?