Unit 1, Assignment 1 by Phillip Hazel

How does human identity contribute to a “humane society”?

I interpreted the term “humane society”, used by Morrison in his passage, as a society without hate. In this society, no voice is unheard and everyone lives in harmony amongst one another.


Morrison, Stevenson and Brooks all agree that human identity can both unite people and divide people. Without human identity, there is no hate, but neither is there true kinship.


Morrison disagrees with Stevenson and Brooks on the importance of identity, though. While Stevenson and Brooks argue that a humane society needs there to be some sort of reconciliation between the good and bad things that identity carries, Morrison doesn’t seem to think that human identity is the most important factor. He believes that education and non-conformity are the crucial ingredients for a humane society.

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