“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama
For a long time I have identified myself as a true humane being who has care, concern and compassion for all living beings. I am more than a mere ‘human’ being without an ‘e’ at the end and the transformation is more than just in the surface spelling between humane and human. The typical human being is a selfish animal with base animal instincts and drives. However, a true humane being has developed further on the evolutionary path than a human mammal seeking to survive. An authentic humane being cares about the survival of all living beings, especially those of one’s own species and those who cannot defend themselves.
For example, even anyone who is considered an enemy combatant deserves humane rights within the confines of common sense wisdom. No one should suffer rendition or be tortured when in our custody. We should treat each other humanely, friend or foe. We all deserve the right to be treated humanely.
To be truly humane we must have three basic qualities: care, concern and compassion. We must care about the well-being of others, their life-situations and have empathy for their suffering. We must have a sincere concern for the general welfare and survival needs of the masses. Our basic survival needs are food, clothing, shelter, medical care and quality education. Above all, we must have a loving compassion for all and do what we can to help alleviate suffering in the world.
Definition of COMPASSION
: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it
First Known Use: 14th century
Genuine humane beings must have care, concern and compassion for all sentient beings, do no harm, cause suffering to no one and be willing to help others, expecting nothing in return.
We are born with a natural humaneness for others of our own species. We should find it natural to be kind to humankind. The divinity of love is an innate quality. However, if we are raised in a sick, racist and inhumane society our natural humanity towards the masses can be programmed out of us before we reach adulthood. In a sick selfish society it is normal to be sick and selfish without any genuine humane concern for the masses.
In relation to this kind of society I am abnormal. Sometimes I must make a conscious extra effort to be kind to humankind, especially with someone who comes off as being rude, selfish and cold-hearted. Being humane with tender kindness does not always come natural and automatic to us. One must often make a conscious effort to be humane in an inhumane society. We have been contaminated just by being raised in a warped diseased society. We are real products of the history within our general environment and are constantly impacted by our surrouding environment.
Many have been crippled and damaged by their immediate environment. Many disorders and illnesses have their origins in early childhood development. A child is born pure and innocent, despite the Christian dogma aka Big Lie that says we are born sinners. It is the social-global environment that makes us sinners or predisposed to evilness, not any original sin.
This is seen more easily when it comes to analyzing the core character defect of racism, that is, when a racist person thinks he is superior to someone of another race by the simple fact of being born into a given race. In fact, the whole concept of distinct separate races is a social invention. When we take the time to stop and think about it we come to the natural and logical conclusion that in truth there is only one race of mortals upon Earth: the masses of the human race.
The concept of being of a different race has been used by tyrants for centuries to keep people divided when they should be united. It is the ancient Roman formula of divide-and-rule. For example, the early Spanish conquerors of the Americas believed that indigenous natives whose lands they invaded were not quite human. In fact, they were treated as subhuman if not outright lower animals. Killing a so-called Indian was not quite the same as killing a regular man (despite the fact that actual Indians are from India).
White people do not have an exclusive monopoly on being racists. Humans are often divided by surface skin colors: White, Black, Brown and Yellow peoples. Every so-called race has been socially embedded with the character defect, mental disorder and spiritual sickness of racism in varying degrees, despite personal denials. None of us are all pure of the sick stench of racism.
In the U.S.A., White racism is the primary division between White Amerikans and other so-called races, but let us not pile racism all on White folks. Racism comes in all colors, despite any denial as a self-defense mechanism. Many Blacks and Browns are extremely racist against each other when they should be natural allies, not competitors.
Blacks can self-identify as African-Americans and many Brown people can self-identify as Mexican-Americans. Browns tend to not identify with a specific color such as Brown and often use their national origin for their self-identity. We can refer to them as Latinos, Chicanos or of a specific nationality, such as, Cubans or Puerto Ricans. Nowadays the term Hispanic has become more popular though it is a Nixon-era invention. Some of us Chicanos use the term La Raza Cosmica or the Cosmic Race because we actually come in all colors from a kaleidoscope of cultures.
The dynamics of race, racial issues and relationships among the diverse people of the United States can be extremely complex. Racism is brought up here as an example of how we have become so distant and divided from each other by divisive identity labels related to sexism, nationalism and individualism. Let us not ever forget that we are all human beings of Earth on the inside. We are ultimately all of the same human blood.
As humane beings we must learn to love, honor and cherish one another. We are one family of humanity. We need to come together in unity because we are now an endangered species subject to the mutual destruction of wars and regional conflicts. There are evil forces in the world that we must combat and fight against together.
It is important for the ordinary human being to examine the merit of evolving and becoming a true humane being with care, concern and compassion for all peoples. Let us pray we can evolve from being a human being into being a dedicated humane being committed to the goals of humane liberation!
Namaste! Peter S. Lopez aka @Peta_de_Aztlan
Coordinator ~ Humane Liberation Party
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