The word being
Could you please tell me why the word "being" is used in the following sentence?A:
The sentence seems okay to me; however, I think the word "being" is optional and doesn´t change the meaning; it only makes the sentence sound a bit more formal.A:
None of the grammatical sources I have consulted makes any distinction between the two constructions, with and without being. A Google search for "see (something) as (NOUN)" and for "see (something) as being + (NOUN)" turns up an abundance of each construction. The gerund being does not add any meaning to the construction (except for one example below), but it is nevertheless widely used.