As we embark on each New Year, it should be a time of optimism that brings hope for the year ahead. An opportunity to create a prosperous community in which we live and build a promising, sustainable future for our children.
But as we draw to the end of April 2017, it is evident with each new day, that we are living in increasingly uncertain and dangerous times.
With many influencing factors such as:-
- The change of governing style in a number of different countries.
- The displacement of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and refugees throughout the world.
- Ongoing threats of terrorism and violence against race and religions.
You may think these problematic issues are too great for you and I to make a difference. But there is hope. Let’s take a step back for a moment. No matter what race or religion we are, what is one thing we all have in common…
Humanity – the state of being human. (Oxford Dictionary)
Ironically yesterday was Earth Day. All of us share this planet, if we are to make a difference in caring for our earth, surely we also need to take care of mankind.
I want to share this video that was part of a movie made in 1940 called ‘The Great Dictator’. Charlie Chaplin played the part of a Jewish Barber who happened to look like the identical twin of the ruthless dictator. He takes to the stand under the pretense of that dictator and made the following remarkable speech….
Don’t you think it’s quite poignant that after 77 years the words spoken are just as apt today? So I ask you, how can we ensure we make a difference?
The Oxford Dictionary describes humanity as:-
compassion, brotherly love, fellow feeling, humaneness, kindness, kind-heartedness, consideration, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, goodness, good-heartedness, gentleness, leniency, mercy, mercifulness, pity, tenderness, benevolence, charity, generosity, magnanimity
I believe all those qualities are essential factors for humanity and building better, stronger communities. For me there is one important quality missing from this list:-
- being concerned more for the needs of others than yourself.
- Putting those needs of others before yourself
- Doing for others and expecting nothing in return
What does humanity mean to you?
Collectively, if we each put our differences aside and made human kindness a priority, we can make a difference. It’s up to us to change people’s mindsets and ultimately our actions towards one another and our communities.
In the words of Gandhi:-
You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean;
if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Let’s begin to shake the world in a gentle way!