Humanity

May 2, 2017

 

hu·man·i·ty

(h)yo͞oˈmanədē/

noun

  1. 1.

    the human race; human beings collectively.

    "appalling crimes against humanity"

    synonyms:humankind, mankind, man, people, human beings, humans, the human race, mortals;

    Homo sapiens

    "Africa is home to one-sixth of humanity"

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  2. 2.

    humaneness; benevolence.

    "he praised them for their standards of humanity, care, and dignity"

    synonyms:compassion, brotherly love, fraternity, fellow feeling, philanthropy, humaneness, kindness, consideration, understanding, sympathy, tolerance

 

We all know the definition of humanity.  Yet, even the proclaimed "humanists" have vices contradicting their own self-labeling.

 

Perhaps people are so familiar with this term that it sits gently atop our consciousness like a vocabulary word?  Has "humanity", along with other profound concepts (such as love, compassion, holiness) become casual, hollow even, in our over-use and under-appreciation?

 

Is it our prevalent judgements which holds us back from being truly humane as a culture? It seems many people justify their inhumane treatment of others by asserting that their personal beliefs qualify them as exempt. "Because this person is [this way], I am justified in mistreating them."

 

Would it be fair to say that people have different definitions of "mistreatment", leading to a frazzled, disconnected misunderstanding of humanity? For instance, is slander mistreatment? Bullying? Trolling? Judging? Discrimination? What constitutes "mistreatment"?

How do you personally justify mistreating people? Because you do. We all do.

 

I believe true humanity will become more pervasive in our culture, in every culture, when more people accept they mistreat people. We all have judgments and reactions programmed into our brains. We all have flaws; and we cannot improve upon them until we accept there is something to improve upon.  The longer we ignore our subconscious judgments, the bigger, uglier, and louder the consequences get.  Our little subconscious mind-monsters scream and yell to be seen, heard, and healed; but swept away long enough, they become seemingly unmanageable.

 

Look around you.  Look at our political climate. Our spiritual climate. Our...climate.  It is all symptomatic of a world's worth of peoples' mind-monsters being ignored; and it's seemingly unmanageable, isn't it? So, how do we manage it? How do we contribute to a more humane world?

 

Simply by being a more humane person. Be honest with yourself, and practice being a better version of yourself everyday.  No one else can do you, and you cannot do anyone else.  So, if we're aren't doing ourselves- nothing is getting done.

 

 

 

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