The ability to relate to something outside of oneself, which is not really seperate from oneself. This is not a quality that all homo sapiens sapiens posses, or at least exercise. Also known as compassion or sympathy, and often mislabeled as empathy, which does not really exist. Distinct from compassionate conservatism. To be conservative with one's compassion is to defeat its purpose.

Humanity is laughing at others' misfortune. And it is consoling the battered and weak. It is rocking a child to sleep. And it is beating her in a drunken stupor. Humanity is making choices in our daily lives. As humans, we have the ability to act on things other than our basic desires; sometimes these acts transcend the animal within, and other times they sink far below. Humanity is of both dreams and nightmares; a blessing and a curse; knowldge and ignorance.

As humanity as a construct is difficult to define, I'll propose a metaphor which fully describes the multi-faceted and truly horrible thing which is mankind:

Alright, in order to picture humanity, imagine that someone had a vat. A vat filled with monkeys. Monkeys which had been shaven. Now, into this vat of monkeys, we add: knives, guns, bombs, rampant monkey porn, Valium, Thorazine, Prozac, heroine, cocaine, missles, designer monkey clothes that only a few monkeys can afford, brass knuckles, clubs, and, finally, slightly deficient supplies of food, water, and suitable monkey mates for each monkey.

Now, as we cannot put 6 billion shaven monkeys in a vat without being sued, bombed, or justifiably assaulted, we must mimic the effect. So, we take our vat, and put it into a car crusher. Now, we slowly apply pressure to the vat, until all these monkeys, with all of their monkey weapons, monkey porn, monkey reliious ideas, and homicidal monkey tendancies are shoulder to shoulder.

That's humanity.

The Physics of People, or, Wave-Particle Duality in a Nutshell

People are funny phenomena.
They look like particles but behave like waves.

We harmonize and unify in consuming
the air and the earth and the water, like a wildfire
A laser, ultimately, which melts everything into diamond
but leaves it nowhere to go but in and in and in...

into One, indeed! One Earth, One Nation, One Race!
We all vibrate at the same frequency, then,
projecting legendary holograms in a universally intelligible Form.
Surely by then We are light in a crystal.

What is this business of people-particles and people-waves?
I profess with nine-fold ardor: It is all an illusion!
One has Hadit both ways once the alchemy happens:
Wo/Man is neither matter nor energy, until It minds it!

People are everything, that is, Humanity permeates the Cosmos;
If We are alone in it, then We are at its focus.
A diamond floating in space or space floating around a diamond?
We need a dialectic either way and every other.

(Now We are particles, and soon We will harmonize;
then We will ripple, just before We disperse!)

People are funny phenomena.
They are the opposite of what One says they are!

Hu*man"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Humanities (#). [L. humanitas: cf. F. humanit'e. See Human.]


The quality of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings.


Mankind collectively; the human race.

But hearing oftentimes The still, and music humanity. Wordsworth.

It is a debt we owe to humanity. S. S. Smith.


The quality of being humane; the kind feelings, dispositions, and sympathies of man; especially, a disposition to relieve persons or animals in distress, and to treat all creatures with kindness and tenderness.

"The common offices of humanity and friendship."



Mental cultivation; liberal education; instruction in classical and polite literature.

Polished with humanity and the study of witty science. Holland.

5. pl. (With definite article)

The branches of polite or elegant learning; as language, rhetoric, poetry, and the ancient classics; belles-letters.

⇒ The cultivation of the languages, literature, history, and archaeology of Greece and Rome, were very commonly called literae humaniores, or, in English, the humanities, . . . by way of opposition to the literae divinae, or divinity.

G. P. Marsh.


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