The need to be humane.
In the legendary words of Martin Luther King Jnr “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”.
In as much as the world we live in today is divided by so many religious beliefs, ethnic bias and traditions, we have always been united by our humanity. Humanity as they say has no religion as it is defined as the basic trait of all human beings. It’s inherent in us. To question a man’s humanity is to question his sanity or even his humanness.
As I reflect on a recent incident involving the son of a prominent figure in our country, I can’t help but ask the question; where did all our humanity go? Whatever happened to being our brother’s keeper. It’s very disheartening and worrisome to hear and see people openly rejoice in the misfortunes of others. I don’t understand what we stand to gain by choosing to do this. What are we teaching our children, and most importantly what kind of values are we inculcating in them?
To be fair, I understand that there is economic hardship in the country, insurgency concerns to mention a few but how does the misfortune of another person solve our problems or bring peace to our lives. I think in the course of our grief we have simply forgotten that it’s the lack of compassion to our fellow humans that led us to the very sad state we currently find ourselves now. We have become so consumed with our individualistic and selfish affairs that we would not even blink an eye or flinch when we see something inhumane happening to our fellow human. We have forgotten that hate breeds more hate and only love can conquer hate and even more love. Let’s not get to the point where we only ‘feel’ and become sensitive when the misfortune is happening to someone very close to us. No one ever wants to learn the hard way.
I think it’s important that we start instilling the basic values of compassion, care, concern, and most importantly love in the hearts of our children and the youth in general as these will be the leaders of tomorrow and and the future generation. I’m sure we all want to raise and be part of a generation that spreads peace and love to the world and most importantly, a generation that restores the humaness in humanity.
The use of malicious words in its absoluteness is unacceptable if we truly want to have a better world.We must realise that sentiments in times of despair is insidious.
It is instructive to remember that “The rent we pay to live on this Earth is to serve each other”…. Martin Luther King Jnr.