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Preserving our humanity

Updated on July 24, 2014
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By Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin All Rights Reserved

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”

― Bob Marley

Reggae and Rastafari beacon Bob Marley expressed, in a few simple words, what it means to be human.

Sadly, we have forgotten this state of being in our quest for success. We have certainly neglected it because of our need, or desire, to enforce our personal agendas and ideas.

It is urgent that we preserve it, for the current lack has resulted in a host of unwanted anomalies and disasters.

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Why we must preserve our humanity

Before dismissing such statements as trite or needless, we should take a few moments to ponder why we need to remember our humanity.

1. We embrace values that sustain us.

When we bear in mind our humanity, we recall, or embrace, the simple values that are at the core of our existence.

We been made aware of them since birth. We know them, but sadly, we deny them for want or need.

We forget that the simple values of patience, kindness and forgiveness are at the heart of what keeps this world spinning.

2. We embrace diverse ideas.

To add, touching base with our humanity allows us to embrace perspectives that we would not have considered before. We would not have today's Iphone otherwise.

A different idea does not mean that it is a bad one.

3. We welcome different cultures.

Taking in different ideas leads naturally to welcoming divergent cultures. Some are, no doubt, controversial and deviate from standard norms.

For various, understandable reasons, it is hard to acknowledge them. But before being confrontational, we have to ask ourselves if we have the right to decide whether one is better than another.

4. There is increasing complacency.

Another pressing reason for preserving our humanity is increasing complacency.

We hear rhethoric about over-fishing and climate change and find it bothersome or dull. Admittedly, the message is pedantic.

We all know how necessary it is. Waiting until the rivers have no fish is a little too late.

5. There is increasing anarchy.

If all these reasons are not enough, recent world events point to increasing anarchy. Whether it is the shooting of an innocent civilian plane or an outbreak of Ebola, disorder is rampant.

Much of this mounting chaos could have been averted if we had been more mindful.

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Preserving our humanity

Such awareness requires concerted effort on our parts, yet they are not necessarily

earth-shaking.

1. Bear with the idiosyncrasies of others.

A small start is to tolerate the sometimes erratic ways of others. Your mother's tendency to nag may not be so bad, as is your brother'sfetish for ice-cream.

They have to bear with your snoring too. A little tolerance goes a long way.

2. Wait in line.

Taking a long time at the ATM is one of these irritating idiosyncracies. If you are able to wait, exercise patience, or simply move to another without grumbling.

After all, others might have to do the same if you need to take a long time.

3. Say a kind word.

Patience is kindness. Positive words, too, make a huge difference. Saying "thank you" occassionally never hurts.

4. Extend a hand because you want to.

Kindness is also extending a helping hand. But do so because you want to, not because you have to.

A helping hand is truly effective when it is given with the right motivation.

5. Balance the scales of fairness.

You certainly help others when you are fair. Treating others fairly builds esteem for all.

We are created equally, with valuable gifts and talents. It is time we learned not to value some too highly above others.

6. Open ourselves to new ideas.

That behavior closes our minds and hearts to new ideas. We must appreciate perspectives that are different from our own jaded ones.

7. Do not force our values on others.

As we appreciate new ideas, we have to remember not to force our own upon others.

Perhaps we are right in certain contexts., but so are others. Empathy with situations bridges huge gaps.

8. Let go of our pride.

Humility bridges those chasms as well. We must occasionally forgo our pride and admit that others also have strengths.

Belittling them prevents us from getting help when we need it.

9. Let go of the little things.

Harping on trivial transgressions does too. Constantly pointing out the faults of someone else builds unecessary wallls and will prevent him from offering help when you need it.

10. Do not be complacent.

Lastly, complacency about our humanity and its virtues, which many perceive as trite, leads to unwanted consequences.

One Love by Bob Marley

The Crystal Skull: A Senryu on Humanity

I include a little Senryu poem about humanity. A senryu takes the same format as its sister poetic form, the Haiku.

Like the Haiku, it has a total of 17 syllables, with five in the first line, seven in the second and another 5 in the third.

Unlike the Haiku, a poem that focuses on nature, the Senryu touches on the foibles of humanity.

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Conclusion.

Do share your thoughts on humanity in the comments section below.


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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      How can we preserve our humanity?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love the message. We must not lose our humanness, or God help us all if we do.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      You have written some good considerations here. Number 7 is the most critical, I think. I see others, usually narrow-minded individuals, trying to force their ideas and beliefs on the rest of society by getting laws passed that violate other’s civil rights. In this country we have what is called “state’s rights” where this can happen state-by-state, then there is a long court battle for the opposing side to try to get the law declared unconstitutional and repealed, which doesn’t always happen. I don’t think no. 7 would happen if people exercised the other nine.

      My comment on the crystal skulls: They are beautiful and totally fascinating. I don’t believe that they are empty heads. I have met Max, the 13th skull. I have held him in my hands, and I felt the energies emanating from him. Someday we will know exactly what knowledge they carry. I am speaking of the 13 original skulls, not those made in modern times.

      Voted up++

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Another brilliant read my dear friend. Voted up/shared.

      Eddy.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Through Love, Michelle, through Love. Rather like Marley says. So glad you like him. He was a very advanced Soul.

      Your Hub is meaningful and beautiful. Complacency? Quite sad, really. What can I say?

      You ask about preserving humanity. I say again, through Love. You are inspiring others with many pointers. So a much needed Hub.

      A life of spiritual practice - Faith in our chosen Paths - will teach us all we need to know. Higher blessings.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Great thoughts, and reminders. I try to do these things everyday, but I'm sure I fall short. But, I'll keep on, keeping on... I hope each of us will. Thanks, again, for the great reminders! ;-)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What an interesting hub and so well thought out and presented! As my Grandmother used to say mid last century: "I don't know what the world's coming to!" We need to act while we can.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      First off, I think the crystal skulls are very fascinating. And, as for humanity, I am hopeful and always hoping for the best. My own share is to embrace each others culture. Respect, that is.

      Brilliant hub with a very important message.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Great hub with a message to bring awareness before its too late. Sure hope that in most people there is still the human in humanity left. These scary times I have my doubts but I keep the hope alive. Passing this on.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Very meaningful thoughts. In today's world it's not easy to preserve humanity but I try my best.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi midget38, self preservation is a daily task to under take. Bob Marley's take on life was a blessing for all people to behold. As I've said before, messages in music can solve the problems of this world. Good old school music has the answers. It takes love and discipline to preserve humanity. Thank you for this wonderful article/presentation. It was a pleasure to reading this.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Michelle, a simple, yet very powerful and beautiful message. When we lose the ability to empathize, communicate, value what we have, we are in danger of losing it all. The world appears to be drifting into stormy waters, I hope that common sense and our basic humanity will prevail. Exceptional as always.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub with a great and important message!

      Great thoughts on preserving our humanity, so important for all of us.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      You write with such compassion and understanding. It's so easy to forge ahead without thoughtfulness for others, or ourselves, or our environment. Your reminder jolts us back into reality and where we should be. Thank you Michelle.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Travmaj.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Wow! That you have met Max is fascinating!!!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Great writing my friend and very well done with a most attractive intro. My wife wrote a neat book for kids entitled "Legacy of the Skull Master"

      and this was all too provoking with the crystal skull in your article. Her book is on all the major book sellers list. Thanks for sharing. whonu

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Eddy!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Absolutely, Manatita!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Not easy at all, Bill! We try!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Blossom!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      I do too, Cristina. Let's hope that things imorove!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Rasma it's hard in these worrying times, indeed.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janet.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, music certainly sends strong messages. A tool to teach, indeed, word55.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Sad thing is, Jo, many people are sadly losing that ability. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Chitrangada

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Who. Will be sure to check it out!!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An awesome insight here and always an informative hub from you.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Devika!

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