Humanity Over Religion- The Quintessential Truth

by Genjourist Kavya Santosh

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My religion is truth, love and service to God and humanity. Every religion that has come into the world brought the message of love and brotherhood. Those who are indifferent to the welfare of their fellowmen, whose hearts are empty of love, they don’t know the meaning of religion” -Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

Humanity and religion are requisites of mankind. While the former bridges the gap and brings people from various walks of life and unites team as a single force, the latter creates a division among the populace which leads to social inequality and sufferings. A neoteric news which surfaced of humanity over religion is about the Muslim man named Razzak Khan Tikari who performed last rites of his Hindu friend Santosh Singh in Madhya Pradesh’s Baitul district, breaking barriers of religion that divide humanity. He was quoted saying that “religion should not become a barrier in friendship”. This proves how much religion has affected the mutual understanding between people. Humanity should be the only religion which should be followed. If you can’t understand the sufferings and grievances of others with your religion, then that religion is of no use. Humanity should be your offering to the world. As Dalai Lama has profoundly said “Humanity is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is the kindness.”

In today’s world where we have become self-centred egoistic jerks, humanity has become a lost trait. Wars and fights have destroyed the harmony and peace of communities and nations. Wherein humanity was a habit before, now it has become a challenge due to the indulgence of religion. We can strongly say that religion has created enough and more wars than humanity. People have been tortured and killed due to the so called ‘religion’ to which they belong. There is so much hue and cry in the world but all we do is fight over ‘my religion is better than yours’. The cry of poverty, starvation and all are easily forgotten when it comes to religion which creates boundaries of caste, creed, nationality-the conventional religion. Even though we say we are civilized and live in the 21st Century with all the technological advances, we are yet fighting over the 8 letter word called ‘RELIGION’. Religion has only created differences between people; an example of this was the Communal Riots that happened in Gujarat which took away the lives of thousands of people. Do we still not understand that conventional religion has only destroyed mankind?.

On the other hand, Humanity has opened doors for all, there are no Hindu, Muslim, or Christian people, but those who believe and follow kindness, compassion, respect, love, altruism, and patience. As a famous saying goes, “We were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us, and wealth classified us”. Religion has made us secluded to our own self. Everybody is judged according to religion. Whether he is a Hindu, or a Muslim, or a Sikh, or a Christian; nobody classifies them as humans; mere mortals. Religion has created a question mark whether people should practice religion or humanity? Because religion has been degrading humanity with its illogical and doltish ideas and practices. We also speak about ‘unity in diversity’ but do we practice what we preach? Not really.

Humanity is where people are given love, care, happiness, freedom, and respect which they deserve. A part of us should be grateful that humanitarians such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Vivekananda, Nelson Mandela and many others have shown us what humanity is all about and we should be even more grateful that contemporizes such as Ellen de Generes, Sunita Danuwar, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others have continued on this path of humanity. We should understand that religion demarcation can’t help you in the pursuit of happiness. Humanity is that ocean where all comes differently but goes together as a single force.

We should believe that no religion is higher than humanity. Humanity should be the biggest religion for each and every one as folks should understand that when they die, they will be reduced to something that will be composted. Neither power, name, nor fame will remain with him. A society can be made a better place only if our future generations live in peace and harmony. We need to think about what we are going to deliver to our next generation-hatred or love?-the choice is solely ours.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Start with yourself and see the rest follow the path of humanity over religion!

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