By Abbey Mikha
Today I was thinking about what kind of article I can write and I came across a website with ten humanitarian quotes that I found profound and interesting. They can be found on a page called The Borgen Project at the following site:
I read through these quotes and decided that today would be a great day to explore them further and see what comes to mind. Being a humanitarian is the purpose of my life on earth and that is why I will always continue to promote thoughts on this subject, the oneness of the human race, and love for all.
My reality is that we can all exist and accept each other. The earth can be a mosaic of nations. What a beautiful earth that will be! There should be no war, poverty, and hatred. Love can be the energy the world pulses to and all humans can become enlightened again.
The first quote I read in the post was by someone I really admire. It said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others,” and it was said by Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist and clergyman. He is very precise in his thought, though some may say it is a simple statement, this one question can change the world! We are not here on earth to be selfish and to only think of ourselves. We have to think of others and do things for others, even people who will never be able to recompense us for our kindness. Many people become happy when they can help anyone. These are truly spiritual people who are walking the right path. I am certain that those people who only think of themselves are not truly happy. It has been said that at the core human nature is compassionate. If people are not using this kindness within themselves they are supressing their true nature. Having a warm heart is one of the most beautiful things to have for any human being.
The second quote was by Mother Teresa. She said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” That means that even if we can’t help everyone in the whole world at least we could help someone in our town or city. Jesus said something similar too. He said not to just invite well-off people to our table rather the poor. Everywhere we look in the world there are deprived people who need a helping hand. There are people dying every day because they are starving and no one even cares to think of them. There are people suffering immensely in the world right now and they need kind hearted people to find them and help.
The next quote was by a revolutionary thinker Gandhi. We may not be able to change everything we want in the world like Mahatma Gandhi said but, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” Everyone must do what we are able to do for our families, our nation, and for all of humanity. I believe that even one person can change the world as is evidenced by individuals throughout history, but even small acts of kindness are an accomplishment in this hostile world. Sometimes we may say to ourselves, “What could I do?” The reality is when remembering people like Jesus, Buddha, and all the ascended masters we remember that we can do much and there is much more to do. These beings of light did much good on earth and they continue to be light workers in the universe. We may not be as brave as they were but we all have that spark in our soul which wants to be more than just an unassertive human being. How do we do this you may ask? And the answer is by doing good in the world and by working on ourselves. In this way we will raise our consciousness.
Nelson Mandela a man who was jailed for his beliefs for many years and after became the president of South Africa was the next quote. He said, “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” To me this means that within every human being there is greatness and it is not a sin to do well in life as long as we are not hurting anyone. I clicked on a video about how to make money online and someone suggested in this video that people should advertise free things online and then make their money in the shipping. I stopped listening to that video right when I heard this comment for I think this type of sneaky way of advertising and making money is not right or moral. We can make a living for ourselves but we do not have to deceive anyone. Also, there are people who “excel” in their work, but actually they are hurting other human beings on purpose for example. If in this way we become billionaires what good have we done? When Nelson Mandela said to let our greatness blossom I’m certain he meant to connect to our core and do the kind of work in the world which will help others especially those who are suffering.
Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution and credited with saving over one billion people from starvation was the next quote. He said, “The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.” The truth is the world has enough to share for all. Poverty on earth should be just a sad memory. Why are the top one percent of human beings the most affluent while most of the rest are suffering? The thing is even those top one percent of the world I’m certain are mostly not happy. Happiness does not come from being richer than everyone else. Happiness comes from doing good in the world, being kind and considerate, and working on your own psychology. That is especially true if you are here on earth to be a light worker.
Paul David Lewis the leader singer of U2 was the next quote. He said, “The fact is that ours is the first generation that can look disease and extreme poverty in the eye, look across the ocean to Africa, and say this, and mean it. We do not have to stand for this. A whole continent written off – we do not have to stand for this.” This is the truth about Africa and everyone must help the people of Africa! There are also other peoples of the world who have been written off. Like for example my nation, the suffering Assyrians the indigenous people in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. No one wants to talk about this humanitarian catastrophe where the Assyrian people are basically being annihilated for generations because they do not have power and their land is being occupied, stolen, and potentially given to a people who are not from that land like the Kurds and even the Arabs. In the past hundred years millions of Assyrians have been killed and now we are struggling for the last of our nation to stay alive and continue with our traditions. We need the help of the world but most people are looking away.
The next quote was by a beautiful actress named Audrey Hepburn who said, “Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.” Even John the Baptist said this. He said, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none...” That’s why when I see actors and actresses with large wardrobes of thousands of items I wonder are they really happy? Are those material things making them enjoy life more and making them be more spiritual? An individual may not be rich but if we don’t need something we should give it to charity. I personally have tried to become a minimalist in life. Though sometimes material things can be appealing we should learn to have a spiritual mentality. This is much more rewarding now and in the end for our soul.
Nawal El Saadawi, an Egyptian, writer, and psychiatrist was the next quote. She said, “When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.” I believe in these words so deeply they are part of the core of my being. Sometimes we have to speak out even when others oppose us. If we don’t stand up for our truth how will the world ever know about it? I especially believe that doctors like her in the world, who are the therapists of the earth, should do this. They are erudite people who have so much influence in our societies. They are in many ways the leaders of our world who touch so much of our lives. Without them the sick would stay ill and never get another chance at life. Maybe it is these individuals who need to question the industry which believes that all ailments can be cured by medicines or “drugs.” I believe there are mystical and spiritual issues behind many of the mental illnesses people are suffering from and this is something that needs to be addressed in that community and by the world.
Betty Williams, an Irish activist and founder of the Irish peace movement, Community of Peace People quote is next. She said, “To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.” This means even smiling at people during the day is an act of kindness. To some people a smile may not mean much but to me it is a peaceful gesture which says yes there is hope in the world and everything will be alright. We can always do something kind even for people in our family, or our larger family which is our nation, and also for our earthly family which is each and every person on this planet.
J.K. Rowling, author, philanthropist, and founder of the children’s charity, Lumos quote was last. She said, “The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet….Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places….We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” I believe in her words and although there is much darkness in the world right now I encourage each one of you to imagine and hope for a better tomorrow and in this way we send positive energy out into the world.
I believe in a world where everyone can be great, where people’s opinions will be respected even if they believe in something positive that is not a mainstream idea. I believe love will conquer the world eventually and everyone will work to make the earth a planet of light. I believe in a world where it won’t be of importance what color we are or what gender; rather everyone will be seen as a soul here on this planet to raise our consciousness. In this way we become the people we are meant to be and will be reunited with our true selves on another dimension one day. At that time death will not conquer us rather we will conquer death.
I believe in being a humanitarian and I thank each individual for the quotes which they stated to the world and recorded for history to remember. These people may have come from different lands and nations but their message was one. They all believed that we have a responsibility as individuals and as a human race for each other and that with the blessing of freedom there is a great obligation to do much more for all.
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Abbey is a writer and blogger interested in humanitarian issues. Abbey is striving to be a mental health consultant. She is writing her second book, "Not The End" and she hopes to speak to mental health communities all around the world using her story and experience with mental health to give hope to others struggling.
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