Humanity by Kriti Mukherjee

Tuesday, August 8, 2011 . 51 comments . Posted in General

Humanity – what does it really mean? Well quite literally, in my small mass of gray matter, it translates into being human. But what is being human? Is it being the most cruel creation in this earth? The most intelligent? The most capricious or having a heart that cares? Our species really is a bunch of contradictions that confuse and create a hell of a lot of imbalance in this world. And proverbs like ‘Man is harder than rock and more fragile than an egg’ does not help one bit in the balancing act!

Even the kindest one of us can be insanely cruel! The fact that we need to cloth ourselves is cruel – some creature somewhere has to give its life so we stay warm or fashionable, so what if we have not spent one day in our lives without doing some kind of charity or the other. The creature is dead! It died not knowing why it was supposed to and who its life/death is going to benefit. But hey, before I start sounding like a crazy social activist let it be known I am a non vegetarian who loves animals (when they are alive too)!!! I cry when I see a slaughter house but I love crispy fried lamb in green chillies! Go figure! Imagine if we are capable of confusing ourselves to this extent what we must be doing to the universal order!

The likes of me take immense comfort in books written by authors like Kahlil Gibran, which teach us how to be respectful about the meat you consume and explains how that same meat then lives in us, through us. Well maybe there are many interpretations of that chapter but I take comfort in my personal interpretation of it and feel evolved in ‘humanity’!

The likes of me also wonder whether we were chosen to be the privileged lot with the mighty opportunity to be humans just so that we could make the best of our lives. Eat the best, look the best, make the best decisions and lead the best while we last. Maybe it came as a reward because we have no clue what the tragedies in the insect world look like. Maybe we flip roles in this universe, so that all (with or without the knowledge of humanity) get a fair chance to be cruel and then dumb. Maybe we, with all our vanities, are actually the subject of a great joke. My creator alone knows what is to become of me when I die – he knows whether I will just fade away into the wind and live in nature – a free spirit – or whether I will be born an ant to be trampled upon the very day I was born.

The entire thesis and anti- thesis of this subject may very well continue till I actually become that ant. Till then I think I will live this life to the fullest and do the best I can to give us humans a good name. That is what then I will call my personal humanity.

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51 Comments

  1. Sayanti

    That was an excellent take …to question ur existence n birth and then seeking out the answer , is the best solution to he path of evolution …

    excellent comparisons, humble yet thought provoking …. nxt time i would remember before i hog for KFC ! and beautifully summed up!

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    • Lona

      Well I didn’t mean to provoke your thoughts against KFC or otherwise : )) but I am glad I did it anyway. Thank you for your encouraging words Sayanti! Much appreciate it!

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    • Kriti

      Didn’t mean to provoke your thoughts against KFC or otherwise Sayanti – but I am glad if it did something good. Thank you so very much for your comment. Much appreciate it!

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  2. sulekha

    Love your personal humanity Mitr, fantastic point of view and a refreshing take on humanity. Lovely piece of writing.

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    • Kriti

      You are way too kind dear Mitr : ) thank you so much!

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  3. Alpana Jaiswal

    Loved it Kriti… Brilliant I should say,its always a pleasure to read what you write. Each one has their own take on humanity,and mine differs from day to day.Like for now I can say that I LOVE HUMANITY, but I hate certain people(sorry,that’s my frame of mind right now)….keep writing…

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    • Kriti

      Hey Alpana – I can relate to you frame of mind. Happens sometimes : ) I think I will steadfastly stick to my conclusion in the article as long as I can. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  4. irfan

    Indeed, humanity is to do the best to give humans a good name…
    A thoughtful post.

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    • Kriti

      Hi Irfan! So glad you agree – I just think that is the best we can do. Thank you for your comment!

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  5. Poet Love

    Such a beautiful and excellent poem love it dear <3

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    • Kriti

      Hello Poet Love! Thank you for the compliment – so glad you liked it!

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  6. Jan

    Great piece, love your thoughts on humanity. Thank you for sharing them.

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    • Kriti

      Jan – thank you for the encouragement. Will let you know if there are any changes in those thoughts – one never knows! Thanks a ton for leaving me a comment!

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  7. rimly

    Loved it Kriti. I too am non vegetarian and it pains me to see their slaughter but I cannot give up on meat. That way we keep the balance in the food chain. But like you said we need to respect the animal and insect kingdom for who knows what we will come back as in our next life. Love your personal humanity.

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    • Kriti

      Hey Rimly! Oh good – I can add you to my club then. I was beginning to think I am one of a kind … Thank you so much for your comment!

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  8. Lona

    Excellent..makes me think are we really Gods greatest creation. Will definitely think next time i go get meat! Love your take on being human…

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    • Kriti

      Hey Lona – do not think – just go and enjoy! What if you turn out to be that ant in some life – then you will curse me forever… LOL

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  9. Portia Burton

    For me,my feminism is humanism. The four characteristics of humanism are:curiosity,a free mind,belief in good taste, and belief in humanity.
    -PORTIA

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    • Kriti

      Interesting – you have got it all sorted out then Portia! Good for you… I am sure I will get there someday. Thank you so very much for coming by!

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  10. Shreyaa

    Very well written ! I was a non vegetarian but gave up meat
    3 years ago , and the main reason was this Humanity confusion.

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    • Kriti

      You are an achiever! I am feeling like a loser again! thank you nonetheless for sharing your thought : )

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  11. David Smith

    Enjoyed your insightful view on the world and our place in it. I too question why we are here and what purpose we’re serving during our time on earth; maybe I’m destined to be a sparrow or field mouse in the future…the unknown has perplexed humans forever. We should try to be respectful of all creatures as one day we could be in their position. Blessings 🙂

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    • Kriti

      Thank you David! If I had a choice I would be the sparrow… Don’t care much for field rats – but who is asking me???

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  12. Manisha Bhatia

    Nice one kirti!! Keep it up!!

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    • Kriti

      I will try Manisha – thank you!

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  13. Swati Bhattacharya

    Humanity is our salvation, and I agree with everything you say. Beautifully written!!

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    • Kriti

      Thank you Swati! Much appreciate your comment especially with the agreement and all that …

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  14. Mike Print

    Interesting post… got me thinking a lot actually and those thoughts haven’t quite come together as one coherent thought yet! I think that we are given free will so we can choose the good or the bad in any and every situation and it is up to us how we use that gift! God doesn’t force us to do anything but gives us and example to follow and help along the way! Great post, I may pop back when I’ve thought it through 🙂

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    • Kriti

      Mike, so far your thoughts are on the right track then (at least according to me Mike). WOuld love to hear more from you if that coherent piece ever enlightens you. It would help me solve the dilemma too. Thank you very much for coming by.

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  15. Mary Hudak-Colllins

    You have a wonderful writing style and it is always a pleasure to read your posts. This one was excellent! You have a vein of humanity that is refreshing 🙂

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    • Kriti

      Awwww Mary – A compliment like that is all I need to make my day (read weeks). Thank you very much!

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  16. debbie

    Kriti, really enjoyed reading this article… We are humans giving and taking sometimes its nice and neat while other times its cruel and ugly. I keep telling myself the cruel and ugly will be judged and sentenced when it’s time. I’ve also found myself questioning or thinking … If its wrong why did he allow it to start? Yep… you know me the ever thinker…. I should go before I write a book here …

    Enjoyed your post and ofc it got me to thinking

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    • Kriti

      Debbie – you are absolutely right – why did it all have to begin. I could write a book too. You and me should get together sometime. Thank you for your wonderful comment!

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  17. Nelieta

    Hi Kriti, this is my first visit to your blog. Loved this post and it is really thought provoking!

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    • Kriti

      Hello there! Thank you for the visit – even though this is Nithin’s website where I am only a guest – a meeting is a meeting nonetheless and what a perfect venue!

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  18. jim

    I used to question our existence until I accepted that we are just another experiment in the path of evolution. And if we wipe ourselves out then this planet survives and recovers and a new experiment will begin.
    As to the metaphysical, well maybe it’s other dimensions we occasionally collide with.

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    • Kriti

      Wow that’s a thought! I love that Jim! Thank you for sharing…

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  19. Abhisek

    Definitely a different take on humanity…somewhere your thoughts matched mine too.Nice article Kriti. 🙂

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    • Kriti

      I am glad you liked my take Abhishek! Thank you for coming by my friend!

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  20. sancheeta biswas

    loved the taking over on humanity Kriti. very simple words that can make wonders. you went on step by step and explained the philosophy behind human dignity. i wish i can be the free spirits and fear of being the ants beyond.

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    • Kriti

      Hi Sancheeta! THank you for your comment! That is very kind of you. I am sure you can go beyond anything that you want… It’s all in you.

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  21. melissa

    dearest Kriti, this is another aspect of humanity that you’ve just addressed. It reminds me of the great ‘web of life’ and our interconnectedness with nature and the other creatures of the earth. Pulling my reflections on the foundations of humanity, I realized how similar our behaviours could be with the animals…and the animals like us (?)… geez…

    I love your reflection and take it into my heart… living humanity to the fullest 🙂

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    • Kriti

      Cheers to that Melissa! I am so glad our thoughts match on the topic…

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  22. Cathy

    And really, there is no love without hate, no joy without pain. But who would give away the joy just to avoid the pain?

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    • Kriti

      two simple words Cathy – No One : ))) Thank you!

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  23. Savira

    Humanity… a big word with so many aspects or dimensions to it. Are we the privileged ones ? or are they? I sometimes question this side of it…
    Personally I cannot slot or label any one’s existence as we are all in this together.. circle of life or law of nature…
    Thank you for making me seek deeper

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    • Kriti

      Who are the privileged lot – I think of that very often too Savira and that is what my article endeavors to question. Thank you very much for coming by.

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  24. Diane

    I like your view point..It makes us look at why we are here and what we are meant to do. There is two sides to every coin. What is our perpose for being here and how we treat others.

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    • Kriti

      hmmm a new dimension that Diane. Thank you for bringing that up.

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  25. Tapas

    This is a great piece, Kriti, There are too many instances of food-eater relationship inherent in Nature. Weird it may sound, but it is true that the food we eat – veg or non-veg – eat us too. We eat to live, and living is marching towards its end.

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    • Kriti

      I knew there was something that I was missing – thank you so much for enlightening me. I am intrigued…

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