Yes, for all intensive purposes, it would seem that America has forgotten what it means to be fully human. In today’s culture of blatant disregard for humanity through murder and killing sprees and through the forcing of others toward the fringes out of greed and selfishness, the notion of being fully human eludes us. Instead, we seem to have the belief that to be human is to be simply blood animals that have no heart, no soul, and no faith. It is as though there is a spiritual warfare going on in the world. That warfare seems to go against the human soul. The forces of evil would like to divide humans from their reason for living a fully human life.
Because to be fully human, we would need to be whole. That is to say; mind, body, and soul. Which in turn, should remind us that we are also divine. Each one of us is a part of the whole creative force that keeps us breathing everyday. Whether a person believes in God or not, does not really matter. God exists without our belief system. God is bigger than our small minds. God is everywhere and in everything regardless of our personal beliefs on the subject. Humans are relational beings by nature. Humans are in fact, a large part of nature itself. The very fact that some doubt the existence of God, makes them a part of the spiritual warfare that exists in this land. Without God, man allows evil to invade and kill individuals, families, communities, societies, and yes, nations. Through the separation of spirit from humans, we create a recipe for hopelessness. Hopelessness breeds insanity. Insanity breeds death and all manner of corruption.
One of the main principles or contributors of being fully human as opposed to being partially human is to understand the importance of having dignity in community. To have dignity is to have respect for both the self and others. Yes, we all have biological needs, physiological needs, spiritual needs, and social needs. We need effective communication in order to be relational towards others among us and around us. The “Golden Rule” always applies to those who are fully human. The Ten Commandments exist to keep us from killing each other but we would not need them if we would make the decision to follow “the law of Love,” which states, “the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility, and self-control,” where against such there is no law. To be fully human is to exist within this paradigm.
The dignity must accompany human integrity, which must accompany true love in one’s heart. However, to do this one must remember that they actually have a heart and that they are not the “tin man” in the Wizard of Oz story. They would understand that if they have a heart than others must also have a heart. With a heart we would remember that for harmony to exist we must no longer look for differences in others in order to separate and divide, but instead, we must look for similarities in order to bring together and integrate and blend our similarities and differences into a complimentary and beautiful symphony.
We must work towards integration of all of our complimentary human needs in order to be fully human. For instance, the human body cannot exist without the heart, the head, or the rest of its parts. Separating any part would create a non-functioning or partially functioning person. Half-hearted people have been known to do some of the most heinous of crimes. Wholehearted people on he other hand, have been known to create harmonious existences with others as well as themselves. (The list of these great people can be found in earlier articles written by this Examiner.)
Having stated all of the above, in order to become fully human we must become concerned with the greater good of the whole. In doing so we must remember what John F. Kennedy stated in his Inaugural address to the Nation, which is, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!” When we set aside our own selfish needs to serve the greater good of our fellow man, we become fully human and thereby, fully divine. Nothing feeds the soul of man, in a more positive way, than working in the true service of others with wholeheartedness as the driving intention.
So, the next time you see or hear of a problem in our nation, you should no longer look at it in the same way. You should look at it and ask yourself a question, “how am I contributing to this problem?” Once you do that, it changes ‘the whole playing field,’ so to speak. Because if you are not a part of the solution, then by default, you are part of the problem. For instance, these shootings we have all been hearing about lately, have you done anything at all to effect any positive change? Have you contacted your congressman, the senator, the governor or the president to ask what he or she is doing or not doing, as the case may be, about the situation? Have you rallied anyone to figure out what can be done? Have you done anything beyond a spectators’ vantage point? If not, than you are, in fact, by default, part of the problem. For example, in the sixties, America experienced the civil rights movement. This was a magnificent time in the history of America. People got involved and fought for social justice and actively participated in the peace movement. Not passively, but actively involved. This is what it takes to become fully human. To actually feel and do something about that feeling.
It would not be fitting to leave this topic without making mention of some of the most profound statements of some of our history’s greatest human beings:
• “…the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”
• “Let the word go forth…..that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.”
• “Let every nation know… that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
• “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”
• “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”
• “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”
• “For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.”
• “All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”
“…let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
Robert F. Kennedy was the first to inform the audience of the death of Martin Luther King, causing some in the audience to scream and wail. Several of Kennedy’s aides were even worried that the delivery of this information would result in a riot. Once the audience quieted down, Kennedy acknowledged that many in the audience would be filled with anger. But then Kennedy went on: “For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill with — be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.”
In conclusion, one can see that there is much more to being simply human by appearance or species. We must always be aware of our five needs (biological, psychological, spiritual, social, and transcendental) and develop them all fully to the best of our ability. We must always work on the principles that make up the full human. If we neglect a certain need or principle than we are only partially human. However, since we have been commanded to ” be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect,”(Matt 5:48), we have an ideal to live by . We must strive to be the best we can, with what we have been given by our Creator, to be considered fully human.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
“The Seven Deadly Sins:
Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
“Where there is love there is life.”
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
“The future depends on what you do today.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
– I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
– I shall fear only God.
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”
“Action expresses priorities.”
“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”
“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.”
“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever. ”
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Note: This Examiner leaves the reader with the above quotes in the supreme interest of The Healing of Our Nation.