Weekly Photo Challenge: What Does Humanity Mean?
“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
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.
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.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”Dalai Lama
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.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: from my Personal Collection.