September 13

Weekly Photo Challenge: What Does Humanity Mean?

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“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each others folly – that is the first law of nature.” Voltaire

Weekly Photo Challenge collage: Humanity In All Shades and Shapes..
Weekly Photo Challenge collage: Humanity In All Shades and Shapes…
Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity
Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – all life forms

Humanity: (1) the quality or state of being human; (2) the quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals,(3) all people. Merriam Webster Dictionary

Humanity is a shared experience.  It is our ability to extend ourselves to others and to empathize with other life forms. When we see others as less than us, our collective experiences are diminished. When I think of humanity, I think of all life forms. I think of the birds, the animals, our pets, and people from all walks of life. As Voltaire suggests above, a bit of tolerance goes a long way to fostering a sense of community and a recognition of our humanity; flawed or not. How do you view humanity? Stop by later for a few more collages.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity - great gatherings
Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – great gatherings

When I think of humanity, I think of people gathering for good; a celebration, a rejuvenation, an inclusive event, a cause to uplift ourselves and others.  I think of the fact that today is Positive Thinking Day and we can use this opportunity to reach out and connect with others.  Why are some people reluctant to honor and respect others?  Fear, ancient hatreds  and maybe a lack of understanding. But we can make an incremental effort to change. I believe it is possible.

Whenever I’m around anyone who suggests that there is a special group or exclusive enclave for XYZ types, I wonder about our collective humanity and when we will set aside these divisive ways of separating people. We all breathe and bleed, why don’t we show more compassion to each other? We can keep in mind what MLK Jr says about the impact of labor that uplifts humanity. What does humanity mean to you? Is it inclusive or exclusive? Stop by later for a few more and a story.
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“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”Dalai Lama

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity - Friendship
Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – Friendship
Weekly Photo Challenge: What Does Humanity Mean? - 11 Inspiring Videos
Weekly Photo Challenge: What Does Humanity Mean? – 11 Inspiring Videos

MASHABLE: 11 Inspiring Videos That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

We are part of a global family and when we honor the humanity in others, we do same in our selves… Let’s extend a hand of friendship to the next person we meet. better yet, share a smile and see how quickly the room brightens and the heaviness shifts… To add cheer to your day, above, I have added a link to 11 videos that will inspire and lift you up. Enjoy! If we follow the advice of the Dalai Lama above, by sharing more love and compassion towards one another, and putting the competitive, mean-spirited actions aside, we’ll all be the better and healthier for it. Have a humane weekend!

This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity For this week’s challenge, share what humanity means to you. Share a single photo or a collage like the tiled gallery to represent a sea of humanity.

Positive Motivation Tip: Humanity is a shared experience. When we see others as less than us, our collective experiences are diminished. Open up and embrace others.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • I love your photo collages. They seem to depict a well-rounded image of humanity and what it means.

  • Ahhh I wanted to see the pics in your collage a it bigger and they don’t click open!
    In my department at work there are a few people who continuously resist smiling back at me, isn’t that sad?

    • Since you mentioned it, I might post a couple in their original. Unfortunately Pixlr doesn’t have that function and the create gallery/collage creator in WP joins all your collage photos into one huge collage… Have they fixed that? Must check.

      • I have a self hosted site and use the create gallery option when I upload media. Works great if I have a lot of photos to share (like on my grandsons’ martial arts website — where I could have dozens upon dozens of photos to share). Have you used this feature?

        Love the quote starting with what is tolerance (something we could all use more of, and will only make us better human beings 🙂

      • TY! 🙂 This isn’t a self-hosted site, so I can only import from my photo tools or use what has. It’s fine but I like to add a variety of collages and the program they have grabs all the pictures and dumps them into one huge collage. I know my blog might look like it’s self-hosted, I added a few more features by upgrading my blog, but it isn’t. Tehe!

  • I agree that humanity is inclusive, and I love that you included all of God’s creations in your definition.

  • I completely agree that we are all part of a global family and your photos and messages speak to that sentiment. Beautiful post.

  • Beautiful pictures. To me, humanity is definitely kindness and compassion for all.

  • I agree, this is a beautiful post and a reminder of what humanity really is.

  • you took the photo challenge to the next step love that you included multiple shots in a collage.

  • When I think of humanity, I think of the fact that we all have faults. No one is perfect. I also think of how we all tend to band together when something bad happens. I wish we could all unite even without bad circumstances happening.

  • Some of these photo’s made me happy and some made me so sad. Great images.

  • Giving – caring – love I think are so important. Making a positive difference no matter how small I think is so important

  • What a great photo challenge. This is one reason why I love HONY (humans of new york) – he does an amazing job at capturing humanity to the point where I have nearly a physical reaction to his images.

  • Humanity to me means being able to accept each other without prejudice. Totally awesome photos btw

  • Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could spread love and compassion across humanity in a wave? I envision it like the wave at a sporting event. As people touch other people with their love,it moves on. 🙂

  • Beautiful post. Especially when I was younger, I had so much trouble understanding how people had so much distaste for others. But then you just have to look at what is aired on the news every single day, to understand how our minds and emotions have been ‘trained’ for mistrust.

  • Such warm and heart-inspired post. You are so right about humanity and its definition. May we all be inspired to reach out and embrace our differences and appreciate them for what they are. Wonderful post!

  • A beautiful interpretation Eliz. The Dalai Lama quote sums it up well. I love how you have arranged your collages into specific groups. Perfect 🙂

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