Over the past 12,000 years human beings have been the only species so successful to have created a turning point in the history of life on Earth. But as far as history spans, many a times human beings have not been so benevolent nor tolerant to another; like the infamous torture of the Nazi regime or the Americans with the enslaved African people.
Times have changed now and so has the human psyche, it is however unfortunate, that of 7 billion people on the face of the Earth, very few can actually qualify in having humanity.
So what does it mean to be human? Does it refer to a person who loves and cares for others? Or someone who just goes along an everyday life,being part of a family or is it a self glorified individual who doesn’t care enough to even say hello. Can we shun those who don’t belong to the same tribe or religion as us? Each and every person is different and there’s really nothing that can define how human beings are supposed to behave and act.
As humans we’re born with the highest intelligence quotient than all other creatures, which only means, that we have the right to be who we want to, act the way we please and do as we feel. It also gives us an understanding of conscience to discern what may or may not be appropriate or the right to act upon any circumstance or be indifferent to it as well.
As a student we ought to be indebted to our teachers, who devote their time and patience to impart knowledge and a better understanding of life. As a child we do not have any social responsibility or obligation, but kindness to an injured friend or a hungry dog is what will define us as a human being. As a friend we need to look out for each other or let him be devoured by the indifference around. All these instances only prove that we are born and live in global society and it doesn’t matter if the child is Afghani or Canadian to have that speck of humanity in them.
The reason I’m writing this article is not to explain to you what we are or what should do but to tell you that humanity is a quality that many know about, some try and practice it but only a few really possess it.
Kim Jong Un or better known as The Great Leader to a nation of 25.2 million people has a very different opinion of the life of a human being. A nation where millions died of hunger, while their great leader feasted on fine wine, french cheese and an extravagant array of meals each night. A nation where a father fed his children by defrosting potatoes with the warmth of his beating heart, where people are told what to wear, how to look and whom to worship. While many tried to escape only later to find their bodies floating across the river as a constant reminder to others who aspire to do the same. Like many before him, he uses power to silence others and live in the bliss of his deteriorating sense of self and being. It’s like going mad on a desert island, only with self constructed sycophants. It’s like having a compass that agrees north is wherever you want it to be. Power corrupts those who possess it. Is this what being human is? The creator of a nation of obsequious puppets?
A wise man once said, “There exists a headstrong wolf hidden in the heart of each man.
Therefore a huge battle flows day and night between this wolf and man.
The arm’s might is not the remedy for this wolf, only the master of thought knows this remedy.
Many a time, a disheveled and afflicted man has severely wrung his wolf’s neck.
And at other times, the might of a praised and braved man, has been naught but captive in his wolf’s claws.
When people tear each other up, it is in fact their wolves that lead and guide them such. When man is afflicted in such a manner, it proves that the wolves are in charge.
And those oppressors who are in close relationship; it is their wolves that are each other’s acquaintances.
Wolves are companions along the way and men become strangers.”
For those of you who have understood it will know how often we are ignorant to another and let our wolf take charge, we forget that being human is just as simple as treating another as yourself.
Some let days pass with no feeling for another, or rather being stoic. Others are very elaborate about how they feel, the goodness in them, their servitude and gratitude to others. Some by a wish, want and a series of disasters becomes the tyrant of a family, company and a nation at large(take a wild guess who…). We are constantly surrounded by mirrors reflecting our actions and the will of our heart and if it hasn’t yet been turned to stone by Medusa’s eyes of power then there’s still hope left.
We should fight for a world, a society where each human being is as equal as you are. Equality is what keeps us honest and true to oneself and others around us. If you live in a world beset by fear, desires, acts of kindness, humility, anger, sincerity, then so do others.
If you claim to be human then do with others what you would want done to you. If not you are in free fall and a heap of dung awaits to finally crown you, a HUMAN BEING….