Anthropocentric:  an·thro·po·cen·tric (ăn′thrə-pə-sĕn′trĭk) adj.

  1. Regarding humans as the central element of the universe.
  2. Interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience.


Some people are looking at this and thinking, “Of course!”

Some people are not.

“What will I say then?”

In Mindfulness: The New Science of Health and Happiness, Mallika Chopra recounts an anecdote told to her by David Sable:

The great Rabbi Zusya was lying on his deathbed, tears streaming down his face.  When his followers asked him why he was crying, he said, “If God asks me why I wasn’t like Moses, I’ll say I wasn’t blessed with that kind of leadership ability or wisdom.  But if God asks me, ‘Zusya, why weren’t you Zusya?  Why didn’t you fulfill your own highest potential?  Why didn’t you find your inner self?’  What will I say then?”


English, as a language, certainly has room for improvement.  Case in point:

  • eminent:  above others in quality or position
  • imminent:  close in time,  about to happen
  • immanent:  of a mental act performed entirely within the mind


There is a Japanese monster Betobeto-San, which follows behind people at night making the sound of footsteps. It is not dangerous, and can be escaped simply by standing to the side and saying “After you, Betobeto-san.” (via)