Definition: a man, woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance. [Cr: Cambridge Dictionary]
Humans are one of the coldest species. Often aloof and detached to the emotion of others unless driven by situations. These situations are more often, life-changing ones. We do not stop bullying until we experience being bullied. Many a time, these are situations that hit close to home, situations that are personal to us, situations that can define or tarnish humanity.
Definition: the quality of being humane; having or showing compassion or benevolence.
[Cr: Cambridge Dictionary]
More often we are afraid to take that one step to really define who we are. We are too afraid to share an umbrella with an unsheltered stranger during a rain, we are too afraid to say “thank you” to the helpers and cleaners, we are too afraid approach a group of lost tourists to help them find their way. The list goes on and on. But why? Why are we so afraid? Personally I feel there is a myriad of reasons. Ranging from fear of rejection, to humiliation, or even just the fear of being the odd one. Fear of being weird, different.
Humans are a walking paradox. Going around telling everyone to “be themselves”, “stand out”, “be unique!” when we fail to even define ourselves as humans, our humanity, through small acts of kindness in our own lives, each day as we continue to live. “The world revolves around me, just me.” They say in order to love others you have to first learn to love yourself. What’s the point of loving something within you that does not have a speck of humanity? We see ourselves better through others. We see so many things happen each and everyday and yet we fail to question why as to such, these things happen right before us. We fail to question if we can change whatever we saw, whether if it’s within our power. We merely just let it pass.
Humans, though one race, ironically segregated by man-made vices. One of which is pride. If we all can put aside our pride for the better of our neighbors, what a better world it would be.
We shouldn’t wait for a natural disaster to happen before we learn to provide aid for others. We shouldn’t wait for the loss of a loved one before we learn to appreciate him or her. Most importantly, we shouldn’t wait for the day humans lose their humanity before we start to realise that it is that very quality that has kept us fighting through as one race all these time.
One Act of Random Kindness. Be the real-life hero that we have always envisioned when we were younger. “Nothing is insurmountable, only I.”
Let us rise up to become the better man that each and everyone of us were born to be