Where's humanity
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Where’s humanity

The many species of flora and fauna have endangered and some also have become extinct, I would like to draw your attention to new things which are getting endangered day by day and are at constant threat. Many qualities and values which humans possessed have become endangered like ‘humanity’, ‘empathy’ etc.

The worst-hit is humanity, nowadays we heard of many inhumane deeds by humans. Whether it is the case of George Floyd or elephant, one thing was common inhumanity. What was the fault of the innocent animal? What was the fault of the baby elephant growing inside her? That they trusted in humans?

She was given a pineapple filled with explosives by locals…isn’t it shameful. If we wonder why they did that, we come to the conclusion that they showed their cruelty just to have fun…the elephant didn’t harm anyone of them. The same is the case when people throw stones at stray dogs and cows, just for having fun can anyone do anything. George Floyd, a non-white person, what was his fault?

Just being black was his fault, this discussion regarding black and white have been going on since ages but it didn’t prove to be helpful enough to change people’s mind. Black lives also matter, Nelson Mandela and other leaders tried their best to change the mindset of people by their struggles and sacrifices but something doesn’t change.

Why they don’t change? Because of our stereotypes and mindset.  But in spite of all this, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. There are many cases where humanity proves to be stronger than cruelty and we now have to strive to make it strongest.

Whether it was the case of sending migrant workers back home or taking care of stranded people, humanity was again prevented from becoming endangered.  In this lockdown many people became jobless and many didn’t even have money to get a meal.

Who helped them? We, humans, are interdependent on each other and we should evoke humanity in ourselves and practice humanity. Many a time we notice animals caring for humans, humanity is shown more by animals than humans. I would like to conclude by a few lines of ‘Animal ’ poem by great poet Walt Whitman:

Poem by great poet Walt Whitman:

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are
so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with
the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that
lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.
So they show their relations to me and I accept them,
They bring me tokens of myself, they evince
them plainly in their possession
I wonder where they get those tokens,
Did I pass that way huge times ago and negligently drop them?

Let’s pledge to prevent humanity from getting endangered and finding the tokens we have dropped ……

Urvi Shah

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