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Who I am and how God fits into that picture is a very intricate question Mankind has always pondered about her own existence and in thousands of different cultures the idea of some supreme power always seems to develop Now this is by no means proof of the actual existence of God but it does give the question a good deal of importance I am a human being which means many things for one that I have a corporal existence and also that I think and am self-aware which adds a mental or non-physical aspect As James Marsh says If my account of the self is critically comprehensive then it will include the sensuous and the intellectual the cognitive and existential in a dynamic intelligible unity Marsh 113 Then I must considering the corporal limitations and spiritual freedom of man in such a way that I accept facts and limits without giving in to defeatism and despair and embrace ideals and hopes without giving into false utopianism and a repressive idealism Marsh 116 The tendency for people to concentrate solely on one aspect of the human person has been a mistake that many great minds have made eg Bertrand Russell or even Sartre thus limiting themselves to one aspect of humanity and giving an inadequate explanation of the human person and the things around us The alternative what I am suggesting is a combination of seemingly mutually exclusive theories but the human personage is multi-faceted and the genuine heroism for man is still the power to support contradictions no matter how glaring or hopeless they seem Becker 198 The components of this multi-faceted person can be broken down into several different categories First and most obvious the person is a physical being who is subject to her environment and body Second she is a social being subject to her cultures history and current activity Third she is a rational being with the
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