You know how sometimes you hear or see something that you hear or see pretty often and suddenly hear/see it in a new way? This was me with the phrase “human being” the other day.
I found myself wondering why “being” had been added to a noun that doesn’t really need a modifier. Human is human afterall.
The interwebs have been stubbornly unhelpful so far in the where and why of the addition of “being” but I did see one ref that indicated what I’d already taken a guess at; “human being” differentiates us from other beings such as spirits.