People & Culture

Above all is humanity

A Humanity Initiative essay states: “There is, of course, no end to the magnificence and horror in the human drama. Across the continents, humanity rises to every challenge, sinks to any depth. We cherish each heartbeat and murder at will. We bless nature’s miracles, yet trash the hood.”

In order to make the world a more peaceful place everyone should think about humanity. It seems all too often that people only think about their local community, nation or their religion and they discount everyone else. We can no longer wait for our faith to save humanity. We have to take actions and we can save the humanity. This does not mean we cannot be proud of our community, proud of our nation, proud of our culture, or proud of our faith. It means we need to first think about humanity as a whole and not only our community, nation and not only our culture or not only our faith.

If I respect my nation, my community, my culture or my faith then I should respect nation, community, culture or faith of everyone else. The one thing we all have in common is that we are human beings. We all have a common dream of living in a peaceful world and we all dream of a prosperous future for our family. We must have respect for each other.

It is the people vs. humanity because if the people do not work on saving humanity then humanity will implode, continuously fighting and killing itself off, without ever fulfilling our dreams. It’s not about all thinking the same way or doing the same things. We can work towards a better future and at the same time be tolerant of our differences while keeping humanity as our foundation to build on.

The hallmarks of Indian civilization since the pre-Vedic period are diversity, tolerance, and acceptability. The Indian civilization prospered and survived thousands of years because of this nature despite series of onslaughts on this civilization. The Indian civilization has always given preference to humanity over everything else.

Differences are normal and should always be welcome, but any demonic thought that intends to harm the humanity should be nipped in the bud. When we speak of tolerance, it’s expected from each of us. There should not be any intolerant action by anybody that may incite others to react in an intolerant manner. Many a time, we expect tolerance from others while we behave in an intolerant manner. There should be a single scale to measure, a single mirror to reflect and that is humanity.

I quote a 15th century poet of Bengal — Chandidas, who said:

“সবার উপর মানুষ সত্য, তাহার উপরে নেই (Shobar upor manush shotto, tahar upore nai)”

In English, it means: “Above all is humanity, none else.”


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