How I Define Humanity
What is the definition of humanity? The Merriam Webster on-line dictionary states that, “Humanity is the quality or state of being human or humane, the human race, the totality of human beings.” While that may be true, I see humanity as meaning different things to different people. Humanity, in reference to the human race, and individually are two separate, yet equal things. I define humanity as an individuals ability to show compassion in the face of tragedy, knowing right from wrong, showing kindness when others are hurting, and believing that the human race as a whole is capable of overcoming adversity when everything else seems hopeless. As a collective whole, I feel that humanity is like a universal bridge, connecting groups of people to each other. Without humanity, you have many groups that are left isolated. We can use this knowledge of our various cultures to improve ourselves as human beings. If we're not improving, then we are taking a step back, enough steps back and we will eventually come back to where we started from. The Dalai Lama said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Every person born today has the capacity to be a part of a civilized society. It seems that happiness is not equal to interest, happiness is instinctual while interest is civil, and that the realization of humanity is not the pursuit of happiness, but civilization itself. The world is moving from an inhumane society toward one that pays more attention to human rights and people’s livelihood. Civilization is man’s product, and we should believe in its Campbell - 2
idea of realizing humanity.
Human rights represent a fundamental recognition and assertion of our dignity as human beings; our right to be free from the sufferings inflicted on humankind by the forces of inhumanity. Yet, for all of the achievements of humankind, we are still somewhat defined by our capacity to perpetrate horrendous...
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