As I've contemplated how limited Miranda's human interactions were, I realized had I been in a similar situation I too would find myself in awe to see another creature so alike and yet so different from myself. At first Miranda thinks Ferdinand is a spirit/ fairy similar to Ariel, before seeing him for the flesh and bone man that he is, which is perhaps a great parallel to the way the humanities view humankind; the human spirit is primary while the body is secondary. The human spirit is what makes our bodies vessels worthy of thoughts and philosophy, capable of seeking progress, and deserving of awe and wonder.
The definition of the human spirit is hard to pin down. A simple google search led me all over the place, with no satisfying answer whatsoever. It's a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in modern pop culture, but is rarely defined. For Pico della Mirandola it might be defined as the power of choice humans possess, while for Hamlet it may be the almost God-like elements of the human form, mind and reason.
But most importantly, what does the human spirit mean to me? I am both perplexed and intrigued by this question and I hope to discover the meaning by living a life of wonder and awe.
Sell, Lorenz. "The Human Spirit." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 13 Apr. 2013. Web. 13 Sept. 2015. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lorenz-sell/the-human-spirit_b_3016651.html>.