Other than leading India from the front during her battle for Independence, Mahatma Gandhi played a vital role as an ideological reformist. He practiced and preached the fundamentals of humanity, which are so inspirational that his firm belief in humanity and its beauty will sweep you off your feet.
We’re witnessing a crucial stage right now. Humanity has gone scarce, crimes are being committed in the most gruesome ways, capitalism, although great for the deep pockets, is proving detrimental for marginal sections of our society. Where are we headed to? What’s the fate of humanity going to be? None of us can answer that.
Though what we can do is remind ourselves what humanity once stood for and try to see humanity through the ideas of the great Mahatma Gandhi. Let’s dive right into the 20th century then!
1. Never Lose Hope in Humanity
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
Humanity, although is eternally beautiful, same cannot be said for humans. Some of us indulge in crimes that bring shame to humanity, but that strictly doesn’t mean it’s an end to humanity. In fact, one’s belief in humanity should be firm enough to understand that it’s a perpetual phenomenon; a few minor glitches aren’t going to harm its entirety.
2. Be Humane, There’s No Scarcity of Humans!
“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”
Being a human being is no miracle, but being humane surely is! To uphold the holy principles of humanity in today’s world is a great service to mankind.
Be just in your actions, treat women with respect, discredit racism, and do everything else that is humane. That’s, in fact, the only viable way to restore our hope in humanity.
3. Each Human Life Counts!
“Every murder or other injury, no matter for what cause, committed or inflicted on another is a crime against humanity.”
Harming any human being irrespective of what he or she has done is still a crime against humanity. It’s because at the end of the day we’re all humans at the core, our belief in humanity is universally the same.
Everyone deserves a chance at redemption, no matter the past. That’s why Mahatma Gandhi never approved of the death penalty to any criminal.
4. Humanity is a One Way Street Leading to Love
“Whether humanity will consciously follow the law of love, I do not know. But that need not disturb me. The law will work just as the law of gravitation works whether we accept it or not.”
Humankind may not always uphold the principles of love for the sake of humanity but eventually love between the humans shall prevail. It’s as certain as the law of Gravitation!
You should not get bothered by the minor troubles that humanity faces from time to time, the fate of humanity is love.
5. Let’s Pray for the Restoration of Our Faith in Humanity!
“I cannot think of permanent enmity between man and man, and believing as I do in the theory of reincarnation, I live in the hope that if not in this birth, in some other birth I shall be able to hug all of humanity in friendly embrace.”
We can better understand this thought of Gandhi in the context of geopolitics. Our belief in humanity should be so strong that total global peace seems a near-future reality.
It may take ages, but eventually, we’ll turn into a world where each and every human life matters the same, each and every nation on the planet fight not each other but the actual evils in society, such as poverty, illiteracy, gender inequality, etc.
Restore Your Belief in Humanity
Keeping religious, political, and cultural differences aside, we should work for the betterment of humankind on the whole. We should learn how we can benefit the most marginalized sections of our society without any bias.
Every big or small deed you do for the betterment of humanity counts! So, don’t wait for the right time to do good, the right time is always now.