Humanity

Any industrial technology that dramatically extends our capabilities also makes us uneasy by challenging our concept of humanity itself.

Conservation is humanity caring for the future.

Authentic humanity evolves to the extent that blind egotism erodes. To expand the heart and mind in ever-wider circles of empathy so that, starting with oneself, those circles embrace one’s family, one’s community, one’s nation, and finally humanity - this is the Confucian aim.

Education is nothing more than the polishing of each single link in the great chain that binds humanity together and gives it unity.

How are we to bring children to the spirit of citizenship and humanity which is postulated by democratic societies? By the actual practice of democracy at school. It is unbelievable that at a time when democratic ideas enter into every phase of life, they should have been so little utilized as instruments of education.

All the great things of humanity have been accomplished in the name of absolute principles.

Man is but a short, critical stage between the animal and the spiritual. His state is one of constant wavering, of soaring and descending. Undeviating humanity is nonexistent. The emancipated man is yet to emerge.

Man is strong when he contents himself with being what he is: he is weak when he desires to raise himself above humanity.

Open your eyes and look for some man, or some work for the sake of men, which needs a little time, a little friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human toil. Perhaps it is a lonely person, or an invalid - or some unfortunate inefficient, to whom you can be something. It may be an old man or it may be a child. Or some good work is in want of volunteers who will devote a free evening to it or will run on errands for it. Who can reckon up all the ways in which the priceless fund of impulse, man, is capable of exploitation! He is needed in every nook and corner. Therefore search and see if there is not some play where you may invest your humanity.

The meaning and purpose of the world remain to a large extent inexplicable. But one thing is clear: the purpose of all events is spiritual. The purpose of existence is that we human beings, all nations and the whole of humanity, should constantly progress toward perfection. If we do this, our finite spirit will be in harmony with the infinite.

Religion is the supreme art of humanity.

If matter and energy and chance are all there is, it takes a man of most unusual courage to build an unselfish love for humanity on such foundations.

Every human being, simply by virtue of his or her humanity, is a child of God and therefore in possession of rights that even kings must respect.

Love is the supreme value around which all moral values can be integrated into one ethical system valid for the whole of humanity.

Each man’s nature in one way and another is vitally associated with the life and well-being of every other individual in the world and what affects one must in some degree affect the rest of humanity.

Humanity is in a precarious balance between the forces of violence and the forces of peace. It is by no means clear at this time which of these forces will prevail. We do not ask, however, whether religion will not become an aid to the forces of peace or cooperation.

Tired of humanity and its heritage laden with a tiny heart emptied of its contents, we wander each in his own way, purposeless and helpless.

To speak of the love for humanity is meaningless. There is no such thing as humanity. What we call humanity has a name, was born, lives on a street, gets hungry, needs all the particular things we need. As an abstract, it has no reality whatsoever.

The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself.

It does not seem as if knowledge has done the best thing for humanity. In the time of wisdom, I respected my brother’s dream and he respected mine.