After all the news and situations going all around the world lately, I have many thoughts about the meaning of “Humanity”.
In 2014 no matter where we are from Portuguese, British, Russian, African, Spanish, French, we all know what is going on, in the whole world. Wars, -political,social,religious or economic- diseases eg: Ebola and above all, the lack of respect in the human life and rights. All these things have made me very concerned about the meaning of Humanity. Where is Humanity? What happened to it? So today, I decided to find the exact definition of it. Maybe in this way we will give it a second chance. I hope we can remember it, spread it all around the world, and maybe (only maybe) in this way humanity can be re-borned!
"The virtue, humanity, is a set of strengths focused on “tending and befriending others.” The three strengths associated with humanity are love, kindness, and social intelligence. Humanity differs from justice in that there is a level of altruism towards individuals included in humanity more so than the fairness found in justice. That is, humanity, and the acts of love, altruism, and social intelligence are typically person to person strengths while fairness is generally expanded to all. Humanity is one of six virtues, as defined by the Character Strengths and Virtues Handbook, that are consistent across all cultures. The CSV’s purpose is to provide consistent and scientific classification of strengths and virtues to aid in studying positive strengths and traits in human behavior. (...)"
Just for the story let me share with you other theories too:
" Confucian Theory
Confucius defined humanity, or “Ren”, as a “love of people” stating “if you want to make a stand, help others make a stand.” That is, the Confucian theory of humanity exemplifies the golden rule. It is so central to Confucian thought that it appears 58 times in the Analects. Similar to the Christian process of seeking God, Confucius teaches seeking Ren to a point of seemingly divine mastery until you are equal to, or better than, your teacher. The Confucian concept of Ren encompasses both love and altruism.
Plato and Aristotle both wrote extensively on the subject of virtues, though neither ever wrote on humanity as a virtue, despite highly valuing love and kindness, two of the strengths of humanity. Plato and Aristotle considered "courage, justice, temperance" and "generosity, wit, friendliness, truthfulness, magnificence, and greatness of soul" to be the sole virtues, respectively.
Humanity is one of Thomas Aquinas' "Seven Heavenly Virtues." Beyond that, humanity was so important in some positivist Christian cultures that it was to be capitalised like God. Kindness, altruism and love are all mentioned in the bible. Proverbs 19:22 "states the desire of a man is his kindness." On the topic of altruism, emphasis is placed on helping strangers (Hebrews 13:1) and the biblical adage "it is better to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). (...)"
Apart from the religious views, Humanity its tangible to all of us. It is a virtue that we should be all born with. And I ask, are we? I believe so, I still have faith in Humanity, in Love, in Kindness, in Compassion, and Respect... I just need to keep believing. And what about you?
A last note about Human Rights:
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Read more about Humanity and Human Rights here:
(full Declaration: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr)