Humanity comes from the Latin word ‘humanitas’ which means human nature or kindness. Humanity is the quality of being humane or being able to love, and to be kind and compassionate. Compassion comes from a heart that knows how to ease suffering. We all know on some level how to ease suffering. It is a part of who we all are as human beings. Compassion is our shared humanity. Expressing care and compassion is the foundation of healing. We need compassion to heal.
Expressing feelings and emotions is a basic and fundamental part of our human experience. In 1872, Charles Darwin, in The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals argued that our human expressions of emotion were innate and universal. Darwin also had a compassionate view of human nature in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. Human nature is not all about ‘survival of the fittest’ despite this prevalent belief. Humanity is about our most virtuous qualities that define who we are as human beings.
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