When we walk past our life’s journeys and our life’s stations, we meet different kind of people who are in different situations, sometimes, very far and different from where we are and what we had been blessed but how do you see them? We, unfortunately bash at the failures of others, we gossip at how others failed at life and we exchanged little petty talks about how they become miserable because they are fat, they are short, they are stout, they have hug beer bellies, they have crooked teeth, they have been blind, they are pregnant at a young age, they are walking differently than us. We, at our very weakness, make fun at others and at their own expense. We laugh at our heart’s delight by even mocking them worse, mimicking them at their own limitations and failures.
I had observed that even by walking through a street, a transvestite get jeered on and insulted than a lady. I also observed that even a pregnant teenage girl is looked down and gossiped than any girl her age. I also observed that a little boy at school gets bullied but the teachers are unmindful, even does not care. I also observed that sometimes, when men talk together, the talks usually end up about the girl they have made out last night and counting. I also observed that even in interviews, people who have been differently-able are treated less fairly than most applicants. I also observed that even those whose families were ruined that we talk about them and their conditions behind their backs. These, among others, have really what made us inhuman, not human for after all, being humane is not about judging others, it is not about talking about someone’s failures and are happy about it. Being humane is about understanding mutually, interceding by also embracing them in their journeys, helping by also living the best example and being humane does not pass judgment on someone else’ folly. We never do pass judgment for the bar we used on them will also be used in us when we are judged.
Just as when we wanted a better world in us, let us practice mutual understanding, compassion and doing what is the right thing to do. How many times do you see a stranger as they are? How many old people you talked each day? How many drivers of public vehicles you talked to and learning that they worked harder to feed their families back home? How many school children you get to talk to know about their excitement of schooling? How many young applicants you talked to cheer up on their way to their interview? How many loved ones you touched by calling them reassuring them that they are better today than yesterday in the midst of a stressful day? How many people have you cared in the hospital? How many young teens you have listened to in their effort to overcome their past? How many have you lent your time just to listen and care?
Our own humanity speaks of what we truly are and how we can make this world a better place. We may thing we are way better than anyone but surely, our humanity can never exists on its own utopian world but rather, it has to be lived in the world of others. We can never exist on our own by disregarding others or ignoring them worse, laughing at them at their failures. Remember, we forget our own humanity when we make fun at others because it is not right to take pleasures at someone’s pain.