The buzz word is humanity…. People these days constantly talk about being human… Off late many celebrities and the so called “high society” practice social work and term that as Humanity… But is humanity only doing social work?? If not social work then what is humanity??
According to me humanity is much more than performing humanitarian activities in order to achieve fame or to gain a status symbol. You can easily achieve fame by the work you do.
Serving the poor and the disabled is truly one of the greatest humanitarian help an individual can provide in his or her lifetime. But this deed should not be a step to achieve fame. It is essential to understand the fact that we are extremely lucky to have everything we desire at any point of the time we need. Serving the needy means that you yourself think that you have more than enough resources to your disposal.
I believe; even a small deed of lifting the heavy bag of an old woman is humanity, helping a disabled to cross the road is humanity, helping your mom in doing work is humanity; in fact helping anyone who is in need is humanity. Paying your domestic help fairly is also humanity. You are willing to pay thousands of bucks for your medical check- up but when it comes to paying your employee; you want to save every penny.
You will not need a hefty bank account to contribute towards humanitarian activities.
Humanity can be defined as quality of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings. Being a human does not mean that an individual possesses humanity.
Only human beings can understand the importance of humanity and it is humanity as a result of intelligence which actually gives the core essence to human existence.
People who always crib that they do not have sufficient facilities available despite having everything can never provide humanitarian services because if one has the mind set of not being self- sufficient, how can he or she help someone else. One is always remembered for his or her good deeds and it is essential to understand that there is no better deed than providing services for humanitarian causes.
If eating and having fun is only what we are born to do then we should keep one thing in mind; even animals can do such activity; if God has made us humans there has to be some reason behind it.
Humanity means caring for and helping others whenever and wherever possible. Humanity means helping others at times when they need that help the most, humanity means forgetting your selfish interests at times when others need your help.
Thus I believe humanity is not only clicking pictures at orphanages and old age homes and posting them on social networking sites. It is a deed done with heart with an intention of helping the needy. I truly believe the saying that “when the right hand does something good, even the left hand should not know about it.”
Prof Shuchi Gupta
Indira College of Engineering & Management