Ten Pillars of a Humane Personality

Ram Bansal By Ram Bansal, 10th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Today, I guess, only 50 percent of human population all over the globe appears to be humane. The remaining 50 percent of population is living with their lavish lifestyles without being productive or creative, or are just as good as wild races. Here is an effort to check the issues that make a human-being to have humane attributes.

Human in Wilderness

Unfortunately, everybody in human form has not been humane since prehistoric times, when the so-called humans used to wander in forests in search for temperature congenial to life and naturally grown foods for satiating their hunger. Things changed drastically as far as lifestyle is concerned but the situation of humanity with respect to being humane has not changed. Only about 3,000 years back, when some humans decided of settling down at fixed places, build houses for shelter and grow foods through agriculture, a majority of races of that time were adamant on their wandering life, looting others for food and other amenities of life. Thus, developed a well-defined rift in two classes of humans – settled and wild, and that rift still continues, albeit in different forms - as hard-working classes and exploiters of them. Only the former class of people, who work hard for their living, can be said to be humane.
Today, I guess, only 50 percent of human population all over the globe appears to be humane. The remaining 50 percent of population is living with their lavish lifestyles without being productive or creative, or are just as good as wild races. Here is an effort to check the issues that make a human-being to have humane attributes.

Instincts and Intuitions

A humane personality is found to be standing two types of attributes – instinctive and intuitive. The instinctive attributes are those that are naturally in-built in a human-being since his/her birth. But, these remain active only when not corrupted by bad intentions of the person. Intuition is what we learn after taking birth from our respective mother’s wombs. Some times, these intuitions overshadow the human instincts making them dormant and reducing the person to sub-human level. Intuitive attributes, for retention as well as for implementation, need conscious efforts by the person.
Discussed below are ten humane attributes, out of which, the first five are instinctive while the rest are intuitive.

1. Conscience and Innocence

At birth, every infant is innocent, extrinsically knowing nothing about this world but has genetic information inherited from his/her ancestors with him/her intrinsically. These genetic information get activated through intuition only, leaving the child instinctively innocent to begin with.This innocence is transformed into his/her conscience when he/she grows up under conscientious intuitive guidance only. If the intuitive guidance is not conscientious, the person’s conscience gets corrupted.
For a major part of lifespan of a person, it is his/her conscience that matters as his/her personality attribute and works as a determining factor whether the person is humane or not.

2. Family links

Every person has an instinctively humane desire to have family links as a son/daughter, sibling, spouse, parent, etc. This desire exists in some wild animals too but to a limited extent until the child becomes self-dependent in finding its feed.
Advanced human societies are also going back on their wild character of bringing up a child and then the parents as well the grown-up child becoming independent of each other. In the process, both of them are missing their humane attribute of having familial emotions.

3. Harmony and Adaptability to Nature

Being in harmony with Nature through natural adaptability of one’s body is a humane attribute. Unfortunately, some humans do not subscribe to this idea and challenge the Nature with opinion to tame it to suit them. In the process, they are creating imbalances in ecological system and hence problems to the whole humanity.
Nature is too vast to be ever challenged by humanity for being only a tiny fragment of the whole Nature. As humane persons, we need to study and understand ways of Nature through sciences and harmonize our lifestyles with those without creating any disturbances in the whole.

4. Health of the Self

Instinctively, each one of us wishes to survive but to be humane we need to be supportive to the rest of the humanity and this can be done through our own good health only. Else, we are burdens on the rest of the humanity.
Only healthy persons can truly afford to be truly humane except for those who have been exploited by others and made sick. It may sound bitter to many living on the earth with ailments that they had bought for themselves through their bad habits and thus being sub-humans. Being slave to any bad habit is in itself going to a sub-human level.

5. Curiosity

Every infant is born with curiosity not only to feed his/her needs of life but also to know the Nature all around and be an active constituent of it. We, at time of our births, inherited a world developed that far by past generations, therefore have a duty on ourselves to take the development process forward and handover a better world to our future generations. Those willing to be passive in their respective environments fail to be dutiful humans in this respect.
Like knowledge, curiosity too has no limit and may be cultivated to a ever higher level. To be humane, we need not only to retain our childhood curiosity but to keep on cultivating it to ever higher levels than before.

6. Socialization

Humans choose to be social animals through their own intuition. As the time passes on, more complications to human life are getting added, making it more and more difficult for anyone to live in isolation with the rest of the society. We gain a lot from our society and hence, have a duty to give back to the society, in return, what we have through our creativity and productivity. This could be done through active socialization and understanding needs of the society which we may fulfill.

7. Education, Training and Experience

We keep on learning every moment of our lifespan through formal or informal education, training and experiences in this world. With more of these, we become more of humane by understanding the world in a better way than before and hence becoming a more active constituent of it all. Activity is indicative of existence of life and its dormancy is equivalent to death.
Formally, a person is entitled to get educated and trained in some discipline of study by the age of 25 or so. Therefore, it is the duty of everyone below this age to devote him/herself to studies to be a responsible citizen of tomorrow.

8. Justice

Being just to others we deal with is a humane attribute. We are born with it but this natural attribute may get corrupted by our greed for wealth and power to dominate others for exploiting them to our own benefits. In wild animal world, exploitation is rampant with strong killing the weak. If strong and resourceful humans exploit weak ones for their own benefits, they are no better than wild animals. In true humans, all exploitation must be replaced by cooperation for honorable survival of each one with others’ support.
Being just and finding a justification are two different things. One should not only be just to another, he/she must also appear to be just by the other person.

9. Self-discipline

Animals may be disciplined through external forces and threats, if humans too need external force to make them disciplined, they are no better than animals. It is highly unfortunate that for a great majority of persons all over the globe, terrors of laws and divinities are imposed to discipline them, else they go wild.
Being self-disciplined without any extrinsic force is truly humane attribute which humanity is yet to learn lesson of.

10. Economy

Economy at individual and family levels is as important as at national level. For this, an adult after his/her education, training etc. must devote him/herself to work through practicing his/her creativity and/or productivity to keep his/her personal economy on a healthy footing.. If anyone fails to do that, he/she is forced to exploit others thus coming down to sub-human level. Money is an essential component of living and this needs to be earned through hard work.
It is noteworthy here that personal economies of citizens are the backbone of social and national economies. Therefore, it the duty of every citizen to keep his/her own economy in good shape.


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author avatar Ram Bansal
An Engineer in the wonderland of Authorship, principally for authoring eBooks. My writings principally focus on psychology, Indian politics, philosophy, health and happiness in routine ways.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Jul 2015 (#)

We could have a better world if more people would strive to be more humane to each other, the environment, nature, and so forth.

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author avatar brendamarie
12th Jul 2015 (#)

Great article! I agree with Mark

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