#Humanitarianism

 
the human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.
— C.C. Scott

The human spirit can not be tamed, and should not be trained. Let me explain while you gasp. I believe with everything in my soul that we are born innocent and kind. Many would argue, sinful. This Dear Diary post isn't a religious rant, nor a political grandstand. It's quite the opposite. To clarify, I do love Jesus and I cuss a little. So Yes, Virginia, I am a Christian and I believe in Santa. The break down in humanity is over the loss of kindness. Not giving others the benefit of the doubt. Agreeing to disagree. What a concept.  All in all, what ever happened to the Golden Rule? Need a refresher... "Treat others like you want to be treated."  In Summary, BE KIND. 

Wikipedia states that Humanitarianism is a moral of kindness, benevolence, and sympathy extended to all human beings. Humanitarianism has been an evolving concept historically but universality is a common theme in its evolution.  No distinction is to be made on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, ability, or nationality. end quote.

How interesting. I'm afraid this very concept of moral kindness is on the brink of extinction. There is hope. There is always hope. Kindness will prevail. The human spirit can not be broken. It is resilient. see above quote. Don't be like the rest of them darling. Until we walk in someone else's shoes, we have no idea their reality. And we have all learned by now (fingers crossed) that our perception becomes our reality. Again, in summary, BE KIND.

I wonder what would happen if humanitarianism was taught at an early age in elementary school? We teach about numbers, the written word, and science. Why not teach about being kind, accepting of others, and being nonjudgmental. a statement, not a question. Above I stated the human spirit should not be trained, now I'm stating train em' early... No, this isn't an oxymoron as it appears to be.

Let me explain...

 

Children learn hate. they are not born hateful.
Children learn prejudice. they are not born prejudiced.
Children learn greed.  they are not born greedy. 
Children learn envy.  they are not born envious. 
Children learn to filter.  they are born honest. 

 

My passion is people. To clarify children. (side-bar. dogs are a close second) I am much still a child at heart. I believe in fairies, unicorns, and magic. Why not. again a statement not a question. Children believe in those things and are genuinely quite happy. So, I thought I would give it a try. It actually works. giggle. Children don't show up in this crazy world with a hidden agenda, ego, or a chip on their shoulder. Sadly, adults aka "the world" gets a hold of them and changes everything. tear. Hence the first sentence regarding the human spirit. Humanity doesn't need to be trained or placed in a box and told what to think, say, and do. Everyone, (guess I should clarify, "Most" peeps) be drinkin' the ol' kool-aid.

I was never one to like kool-aid. #TrueStory
I actually prefer an ice-cold beer. #TrueStory 

Humanitarianism is the key. The key to unlock the door of genuine joy. I like how that rolls off the tongue...As a parent of two teens and a tween, (is that even a word, or did I just make it up?) humanitarianism is alive and kickin' in our home. It must be. The World entertains my children longer than I do. The verse, Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6, comes to mind. In fact it, this verse has become my omen. Whether you're a christian or not, you can't deny truth. And this is truth. spit. The role of a parent is to catch them when they fall and arm them with as many tools in their belt as they can carry. Want to humble your child? Have them serve another human being. Try it. Sympathy prevails and kindness will win again. When compassion is felt & hands-on, it will not be forgotten. In fact my 18 year old, Camryn, has opted to serve in Guatemala again during Spring Break, verses the typical rockin' Spring Break most Seniors dream about their Freshman year. This isn't a braggadocios statement, (well maybe just a bit, wink) rather truth. Camryn obviously has a heart for humanitarian work. One she might not have discovered if she had never been exposed. My 15 year old son, Braden, not so much. He's the sensitive one. Serving others while on vacation in St.Kitts, changed him. How could it not? Realizing others are in need tends to put your own reality back in check pretty quickly. #Roar

if each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of headaches and of remorse as his own...how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.

Love your Life.   Live your Dream.   Be Amazing.

Love. Live. Be.

giggle.

jeN

 

 
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