Today I witnessed humanity. This wasn’t the first time I have seen it, but it was the first time humanity spewed its true colors out to the world before my eyes. It’s hard to explain it just through words because it is such a deep feeling that sinks to the bottom of your gut like boulder, but I know you have all seen this before.
Going into the day, I thought about how the problem of evil in the world could exist, if such a powerful and great being like a God also existed. It seems that the only logical explanation any philosopher and even I could come up with is that evil and such a perfect being are not compatible within the same world. And as we know, evil runs rampant throughout our lives today through troublesome relationships, sexism, racism, violence, famine, abuse, corruption, destruction, deceitfulness and doubt. We doubt that the world is good to us and we wonder why we are the ones to blame.
But, I have learned from today that we are able to overcome all of this power that drags us down and use it as fuel to overcome great obstacles. Using it as fuel to spread the lessons we learn from our hardships, so we can share with each other the love, understanding and human connection that comes with it.
From teenagers preaching the words of our forefathers and mothers, the loving embrace and warm kiss of the one that you love the most and the yells of the underground, screaming and wailing from miles and miles away, I saw that our humanity is one of the most important things about us.
As I drove home on the winding 17 just 30 minutes ago, I looked up at Mars, glowing red and bright in the night sky. I felt somewhat selfish that we as humans get to have all of this love, care and relation for one another and our world that we inhabit, and that we sometimes take for granted. I hoped that the dusty orange planet was able to experience the same greatness our world has to offer each and every day. And I Iooked up at the sky hoping that there was another object in our universe that is just like us and knows what humanity is.
And as I stared into the night, I wondered, if I crashed on the next turn and died, what I would miss the most. I would miss mother, my father, my family, my love, my friends, my peers, my community, my world that I and we all inhabit. But most of all I would miss the humanity and the human connection that we are able to experience each and every day of our lives.
Humanity is what is most important and never doubt it.
"The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time."
~ Ayn Rand
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Under the Skin (2013) - Directed by Jonathan Glazer
“The most terrifying fact of the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” —Stanley Kubrick
This interview is part of The Playboy Interviews: The Directors, a book anthology that also includes conversations with Robert Altman, Billy Wilder, Ingmar Bergman, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, John Huston and Orson Welles. A must have on your shelf. Buy it today at Amazon.
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