“Humanity” has several meanings, however for me the word usually invokes the concept of compassion, of empathy and understanding and respecting others.
So when I read that this week’s Monday Musings topic was (paraphrasing) ‘What does humanity mean to you?’ I guess my first instinct is the above.
We say people have “lost their humanity” when they do something cruel or horrific, whether it’s to other people or even to animals.
When we see or hear of someone doing something compassionate, generous, loving, selfless (especially for a stranger) we think of that as being their “humanity” showing through.
My next line read “with so much negativity in the world…” then I stopped and deleted that. Really, how much negativity is there? After all we are bombarded by news on TV, radio, billboards, magazines, newspapers, the internet…and bad news sells better than good news. Heck when we have a bad experience in a shop we tell everyone. Forget the 100s of good experience we have had, it is almost more noteworthy to discuss the bad ones.
Maybe… just maybe that’s because they are actually not as common as the good. Maybe we see all the negativity but part of us (I hope) realises that actually there is far more good, far more “humanity” in the world and not to let the horror stories drag us down.
There was recently a news article here in Britain stating that a disabled pensioner had been mugged in his home and was injured in the mugging. He was terrified to go back to his home. A horrible story! Yet, within a day or so another story took control – a young woman had been moved by his story and started a donation page. Within a short time the amount raised was £250,000.00. All the comments from this story were positive, sending their wellwishes to the gentleman and stating how kind-hearted this woman was.
We don’t always here these tales of humanity, yet the term “Faith in Humanity” has become more common and people are starting to share these stories where faith in humanity is restored.
These are the stories we should be sharing, we should always look to the best and not get trapped with the worst.
This is important to me in my spiritual path, because when we see how strong humanity can be, how brave, kind, selfless, generous and heroic people can be, gives me hope.
Enjoy this video, I hope it makes you smile 🙂