“Being human is given, but keeping our humanity is a choice.”
Name- Disali Amalya Gunasekera
Leo District- Leo District 306A2
Leo club- Leo Club of Polgasowita
A king once ruled a very wealthy kingdom. Despite the fact that he was wealthy he also possessed the ability to talk to birds and animals. Every morning, before breakfast he takes a walk in the forest situated next to his kingdom. So one morning, while he was having his usual morning walk, he came across a fight between a deer and a lion. Putting his life in danger, he made his way towards the fight and started to listen to every detail. The deer was definitely fighting for its life where as the lion was giving reasons as to why it should be killed. After listening to all the facts the king decided to save the life of the innocent deer. So he asked the lion what he could do to save the life of the deer. The lion asked the king to give him the equal amount of flesh to the weight of the flesh of the deer. Agreeing to the lion’s condition, the king starts chopping off his own flesh equal to the flesh of the deer. After donating a little bit of his flesh, he still found the deer heavier. Finally he surrenders the whole of himself to the lion to eat. That is the moment when both the lion and the deer turned into angels who appeared on the earth to test the extent of the king’s humanity. The king is now rewarded with the most precious rewards in heaven for his deed of humanity.
This is a simple story which exaggerates the importance of humanity in our day to day lives. Humanity is the act of pouring out unconditional love to all living beings living on earth. It is the quality of being human and it’s the fact that differentiates you from the rest. We live in a world that recognizes all religions and respect all beliefs. Any individual has the choice of selecting the religion of their choice, to worship the god of their choice without any fear. We fought for these rights long time ago. But now, we are taking away this right from us. We engage in holy wars or religious campaigns against the other religions creating hate between ourselves, as a result breaking the trust and bond that we desperately created over the past decade. We have shut ourselves from the world and completely isolated ourselves. We are a victim of the advanced technology. We spend at least half of our day on the phone. It’s ironic how the touch screens have made us lose touch. Technology has made us more selfish and separate than ever. Hidden behind the screens of our smart phones, laptops and computers we have alienated ourselves from the world. We have started measuring our self-worth based on the number of likes we receive and the number of followers we have. We have started to care less about people. We have started to grow in isolation. Serving the poor and helping the differently abled people is definitely the greatest humanitarian help someone could provide during his or her lifetime. It is very essential to identify that compared to most of the people living in this world we are extremely lucky to be able to satisfy our basic requirements. Thousands of people living all over the world are suffering without being able to eat at least one meal per day. Families are suffering since they don’t have any means to feed their kids. As the eligible community it’s our duty to help the needy and the less fortunate. Giving to others does not make us less fortunate. It makes us richer in heart and soul. A person 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.
An individual can be compared to that of a ‘fresh rose’. When you keep watering it, it gets fresh and attractive. Just like when we perform acts of kindness and love. But if we don’t water the rose, it gets withered and unattractive. Just like that, if we don’t help the poor and the differently abled we become like a withered rose. And no one wants a withered rose right? We should always try to be like a fresh rose. But due to developments of technology people have started to become more like withered roses. No acts of kindness, no love. It’s time we take a stand against this!
It’s time we realize that an individual’s life becomes more successful not by the number of degrees he or she attains but by the degree of humanitarian activities that the individual performs on a day to day basis. It’s the small things that will make a huge impact in the years to come. Helping an old lady cross the road is humanity, helping your mom with household activities is humanity. Basically helping anyone in need is Humanity. Humanity is an important part of life which helps us to understand each other, look at life from the view point of the people who are suffering and try to help them in any means we could. One thing we need to keep in mind is that to show humanity we don’t need to be a person who is rich. Humanity comes from the heart. And it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor. Every person can help someone in need. Every religion tells us about humanity, peace and love that is why no religion is higher than humanity!
I would like to conjoin this quote and remain,
“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people” Roy T. Bennett