Are you HUMAN enough?

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.

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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.

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The world if full of nice people, if you can’t find one… BE ONE

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?

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North Korean women forced to show remorse at the death of the former leader, for fear being executed or punished

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.

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The is the primary teaching of every religion. A global calling…

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….

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The truth about growing up….

What does it mean to grow up? Let’s just say, when you’ve grown up you’ll know.

As a child, the world is usually a fairytale. Going to school and homework is the biggest thing on your mind. You worry if Mum will make you your favourite food or hope that you don’t get caught wearing your favourite blue flip flops at school. You’re a free spirit; food at the table, a comfy bed to sleep on and a family to love you. Your childhood friends only add to that bliss as they become your entertainment and badass “gang” for those few years. Video games and toys are your ultimate battle and victory over the rest, but all that’s short lived.

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Now you’re a teen, you have the eye of Mr.Holmes. You observe different behaviours , ways of dressing, speaking etc and you pick up what pleases you. It could be a cute boy at school or the new ‘cool’ jacket trend or that you need to have an firefox trooper bicycle to fit in the clique.

I’m sure you remember,as a kid you were totally grossed up about watching a kissing scene, now who’s hoping that it should be you and Jaden Smith maybe. You wish to God that you get prettier, but you can’t help it if the curves aren’t yet right or if your face has reached the ugly troll stage. You’re only hoping that things will get better and you just might get noticed. Life at that point can be very dramatic since you think you’ve understood it. You’ve found yourself a boyfriend who loves you irrevocably and y’all will marry and have two angelic kids only later to realise that you were highly mistaken and that it’s an ocean of fish out there or your best friend starts dating your boyfriend and you decide there’s no further purpose to life and you’re ruined… Oh you know how it is… Then comes the end to a rocking phase.

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What are you gonna do now baby girl? When are you gonna start looking for a job? What job are you gonna look for? I hope they pay you well. Gosh you are surrounded by the monotony of these questions from every Uncle, Aunty, neighbour and distant relative who never ever called you up. Relationships get more interesting and realistic at this point. Some decide to spend their life with a certain someone or like me think there’s still an ocean of fish out there. This statement is highly debatable because love doesn’t come easy and the fish out there might never be as great as what you had.

Life can be so unpredictable and each morning we wake up waiting for the unpredictable to unfold itself hoping that goodness is in store for us. Growing up I’ve come to realise a lot of things, for starters nothing is easy to come by, it could be something as minute as pizza to a homeless child or a college admission or the funds for a brilliant start up idea. My point is you have to work hard, really hard to get what you want. Life isn’t food at the table and a bunch of friends to entertain anymore. When you realise you gotta make it in this world, you are your only barrier and the moment you’ve overcome that then there’s no stopping.

What am I doing with my life? Should I be doing something different? Should I work harder? Maybe I need God? The constant whirlpool of these questions gets you crazy, frustrated, maybe even make you condescend others out of jealousy. But all this is part of the process.

Friends and family might be with you along your way, to support you, that means they’ll be there for advice, a shoulder to cry on or for financial help if need be. Sometimes that’s all you need to go on and try harder. You’ve grown up now, no one’s gonna walk you through your chores or the fact that you need to find your purpose in life or how to give the perfect answer to an interview question. They say, the world is a rat race and the smartest ones make it through, doesn’t mean if you don’t make it, you give up. Maybe you’re not a rat after all, maybe you’re a gentle bunny or hardworking ant or a cunning wolf, you just need to find yourself. I’m sure Dr.Abdul Kalam didn’t aspire to become the President of India, while selling newspapers on the street.

Life isn’t ever going to stop surprising us. Some find their way at 10, and know what they wanna do for the rest of their life and some have to try till the ripe age of 60 to hit stardom. As adults we try to make mature decisions, at least our idea of what’s mature and responsible. We associate ourselves with people we think will benefit us, a new mother might give up a great job for her child, a businessman will think or rather should think of his employees in any major work decision, a politician will put on his best face for the people.

We are all connected yet so distant from each other. Everyone’s struggling to be the best, but if everyone is the best then how will there be any distinction? Each person will need an individual world to themselves. We need to understand that humanity is a puzzle and in order for it to function we need to be connected. You may be a personal secretary to a CEO, but if not for you managing his/her entire day and making things easier he may have not employed 2000 people. So find your happy place, it may not be right at the top but that’s alright. The truth is happiness is the most important criteria to keep you going. Happiness is when you find your purpose in life, when you’re surrounded by people whom you care about and when you come home at the end of a long day and can still manage a smile at a burnt roti….(just kidding :P).

I’m 20 now and have so much more growing up to do. But don’t tell me how it’s gonna be or what comes next. I’m just gonna strap up, hold on tight and let the roller coaster begin. 🙂 Cheers

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