On Human Existence and the Purpose of Humanity
Monday, November 21, 200515 Comments
While we may never know how it was that we came to be, or when or where exactly, we can still know what we are. We can know what is in ourselves, in all of us, in our human minds, human hearts, human blood, and human sweat: we can know the human spirit.
We can know the true nature of who we are and what our purpose is. We can know because we must know. For we must either accept and understand what is true or we will perish in our ignorance and blindness.
We have always known that there is something within us. Something that drives us, calls us to action, drives us forward and burns bright within our emotions and our reason. There is a force, a power that shapes us and constantly influences and directs us, coming to define who and what we are. That force is our humanity and its collective spirit has burned like a raging inferno since the dawn of humankind.
We feel it everywhere we go and see it in the faces of everyone we meet. Yet it is so prevalent that we take it for granted and we too often ignore what it is that defines us, what makes us whole or hollow within: our unity in diversity. That we are infinitely vast and varied so that none of us looks the same and even if we do bear a similar visage our personality always highlights what diversity means. That we are infinitely unified, even when such overwhelming diversity is considered we are all human beings who have come from the same source of life and bearing the same biology and genetic material within us all. We bear the same empathy and recognition for one another, the need to socialize and the need to love and be loved by those of our species. We are human and we are beings of both the collective and the individual.
It is absolutely clear that the powers of the human being in mind, body and spirit eclipse that of any other species on this planet. We can do things that would be far beyond the capacity of any other animal and throughout our history as we have developed an ever greater ability to affect our world and influence nature in ever more radical ways. It would seem ironic to many people but I am convinced by the fact of our considerable power that human beings as a species possess a still greater responsibility. The greater our power, the greater our impact, the greater our responsibility will be. We are guardians of this planet and earthly life itself. This may be the reason for our incredible diversity and equally incredible unity, different human beings have different skills and abilities that when combined can produce incredible effects for good or ill.
For us to understand and to truly be happy, for us to truly fulfill our destiny and for us to save ourselves and all the world we must become whole. We must balance the two forces of unity and diversity within ourselves and within society, for these twin forces define us and they can never be forgotten. They combined together form our dignity as human beings: both distinct individuals and diverse parts of the greater whole of humanity.
The purpose of the individual human being is to realize this balance and thus constantly strive to advance their humanity and their potential as a human being. Humanity as a whole must realize their potential and never cease in its drive to achieve it. To reach the soaring heights where that potential is.
Universalism must and shall be an ideology that beats with the pulse of a human heart. Unlike the mortal heart of the individual it must be reflective of the collective heartbeat of humanity. Its infinite pulse of collective heart and spirit that all human beings share. For we are as one in our diversity.