The word, HUMANITY, means different things to different people. Even as we call ourselves the HUMAN RACE, we see very little of that HUMANITY flourishing among the HUMANS. It seems we rather allow things like religion, race, greed, gender, age and political agenda to cause greater divide within our humanity. Does the division really make us better humans, at the end of the day? Perhaps this is a question we should all think about deeply. It is like what Eleanor Roosevelt asked, “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” The cycle of revenge, hatred and violence never leads to anything beneficial or positive for all concerned. In fact, it spawns an absolute abomination to humanity.
Therefore, when we think of justice, social benefits and fairness – do they serve both sides or only one side?
The truth is, the well-being of humanity is all-inclusive and not just privy to some.
When we alienate one side to benefit the other, there will be grave consequences. And sometimes, these consequences will not be evident until much later. Sometimes, the ones made to pay for the consequences may not be us directly, even if we are the ones who caused them. Our loved ones may end up suffering for our actions or decisions. Again, I stress that marginalizing one or many will never produce any real positive results for the greater whole. In the end, everyone will suffer and pay a hefty price for it.
So, how do we as individuals cultivate a higher sense of humanity?
We begin with ourselves – with our actions, speech and thoughts on a daily basis.
We already know that we can’t control others, and may even feel that we can’t influence those around us. However, we can definitely work on ourselves. And when those around us witness the positive changes in us, they too will be inspired.
We inspire by ‘walking the talk’, and being less self-centred. We can work at it at our own pace and time, tackling a single bad habit or negativity within us one day at a time. Soon, we will see how much we have transformed. Our minds and hearts will be aligned with our values. Our moral compass and conscience become one. That’s when we know, we have become a better individual in spite of our failings, faults or weaknesses. We become glorious representations of humanity.
The time for us to act and do the right things will come. In fact, even in our everyday lives, there are ample opportunities for us to exercise a better choice, and do the right thing.
Often than not, our most severe test will occur when we have screwed up big time in something entrusted to us, one way or another.
Our fear of being ‘found out’ and bearing the so-called, ‘punishment’ or costs of the mistake made, will reveal exactly who we are, and what we are made of.
Most people will not hesitate to lie, hide, cover-up or assign the blame to someone else, even though they know that they are solely responsible for the damage caused.
Their fear or misguided ego blinds them from doing what’s morally right. So, they rather lie, cheat, betray, create other stories and hide the truth. Or worse, watch some innocent person(s) take the fall.
This is the extent of their cowardice.
Here, I would like to share a video of a young man who learnt the meaning of fearlessness by doing what is right, despite of his own fears. The gravity of his mistake made him realise how he should not find an ‘escape’ clause, but rather face the wrong he did.
I chose this video because it exemplifies the worst and best of humanity in one individual.
It is never easy ‘coming clean’, but do we really want to live a life of lies and betrayal?
As I have mentioned earlier, everything we say and do will create its own series of consequences. Whether the consequences are positive, negative or beneficial to all, they will be revealed in time.
Hence, I admire this young’s man courage to do what some people will not. Some people are only interested in saving themselves at the expense of others. This does not only apply to drinking and driving. This applies to every aspect of our lives.
When our actions and speech reflect humanity, it shows. And when our actions and speech detract from humanity, there’ll only be ‘victims’ to show.
As always, results speak for themselves.
When it is negative, we have to pay the price. When it is positive, we win. When it is beneficial to all, everyone wins.
When we value our lives more than others, we begin to think that we deserve more and should ‘get away with murder’. We feel entitled, and have no regard for how others may suffer.
When we understand that all of humanity are the same, and that every human life is just as valuable, then we will find the courage to carry out what’s right – not only for ourselves, but also for others.
So, there is no need to grieve for those who choose not to participate, they make their own choices and they will have to live with them. There is no need to be upset, disheartened or disillusioned by those who betray humanity, because they will suffer the consequences which they have engineered for themselves. Their ‘karma’ will catch up with them, eventually.
Always remember, never allow someone’s negativity to ruin our day, or life. And especially, our point of view.
Do not allow a few rotten ‘apples” to discredit the whole ‘apple cart’.
We are all beautiful representations of humanity. So, keep the faith and open the ‘eye of our mind’. Expand our perspective of life, people and even love. When we understand more, we see much deeper. Even our hearts will grow stronger and bigger because of it.
We will see ourselves becoming less self-serving, judgemental and rigid.
We will become respectful, compassionate and wiser, because we realise that we are all connected in this great tapestry of life. And our humanity is the very thread that holds everything together.
I shall leave you all with this uplifting video.
May it truly inspire all of us to be humane individuals 🙂
So, every day, we have a choice – to act in accordance with humanity, or to depart from humanity.
The choice is yours to make, and the consequences will be yours to experience.
As always, start your own brand of fearless living and love the life you live.