Human beings and humanity? Meaning in a world of suffering
The Oxford dictionary defines humanity as “the quality of being humane,
benevolent”. And it defines human being as ” 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.” Being human is given,
we all are born the same but keeping our humanity is a choice. At one hand we see
mankind being the biggest enemy to mankind whereas on the other hand we see
man not always living up to humanity but at least coming closer to it by trying.
The recognition of one’s humanity can be an uncomfortable pill to swallow. Life’s
fragility, life’s impermanence, life’s intertwinement with imperfection and
disappointment—bitter medicines are easier to accept. The Romantic poets called it
“the burden of full consciousness.” To look closely at humanity can indeed be a
realization of dread and despair.
To begin I believe we need to determine what constitutes the nature of a human
being as a species. Its distinguishing characteristics—including ways
of thinking, feeling, and acting—which humans tend to have or follow to function