Fortunately, this quote came to me at the appropriate hour. A little dramatic you may say, but I promise, I couldn't have found this quote at a better point in my life. To me, the phrase "I am Human; Nothing Human is Alien to Me" is a quote that conveys both a tone of triumph and vulnerability. In the sense of triumph, one may proclaim "I am human; nothing human is alien to me" as a sort of declaration of ownership rights to the fundamental joys that every human is entitled to: happiness, peace, success, victory.
From this perspective, I see these words being uttered by one who is ready with arms open to embrace these joys, as if they are saying, I am a human, being happy is a feeling humans experience, and thus, happiness will not be alien to me. I am a human, being successful is an opportunity other humans have pursued, success will not be alien to me. I am human, peace is an attribute many humans have managed to acquire, peace will not be alien to me. I am capable of finding happiness, succeeding, and living at peace with myself and my surroundings because other humans have done it before.
However, on the other hand, I perceive this quote through a lense tinted with vulnerability. I guess these contrasting perspectives are merely amplifications of life's characteristics: in life, sometimes we succeed, and sometimes... we don't. Thus, from this second perspective, I see this phrase being uttered in humility. For instance, I remember that after receiving a somewhat mediocre score on my Ochem exam, I repeated this phrase to myself: 'I am human; nothing human is alien to me' as I asked myself how I could have missed that many points. Failure, defeat, and disappointment are all attributes of life we as humans will experience. Therefore failure will not be alien to me for I too, like everyone else, will fail at something.
For some reason, however, though I appreciate both perspectives of this quote, I find myself always going full circle: interpreting a situation through the first perspective, then the second, and then the first again. May be it might be my 'glass is half full' the sun is always shining personality. Or maybe, just maybe, the fact that we are human, and are all entitled to this human experience is an assurance that , though we may experience setbacks in life, we can all live a life we deem, at the end of its duration, to be victorious?
I am human; nothing human is alien to me. Many before me have succeeded at the very goals I am currently pursuing. No doubt, none of these people were born experts in the field they succeeded in. Yet still, they succeeded. Thus, I say, if they can do it, so can I.
I am human and nothing human is alien to me.