Let's take for example, when we hadecize another Human Being: by doing so, we fail to see in ourselves, the other our true nature, and in the process, become less Human, reasoned, and empathetic. No one or group, absolutely, can take away another's Humanity, for we inter-are, and therefore to even attempt doing that impossibility lessens one's own Humanity; it is like when one of the organs or systems of the Human body fails, the Whole is reduced to a fraction of Herself.
In "Call Me By My True Names," the Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, meditates on how we inter-are, beautifully,
"I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving."
Richard Stengel, in "Nelson Mandela: The Making of a Leader" (TIME), writes, "Oliver Tambo, his former law partner and the longtime leader of the A.N.C. in exile who died last year, once described the youthful Mandela as "passionate, emotional, sensitive, quickly stung to bitterness and retaliation by insult and patronage." Who can discern those characteristics in the controlled Nelson Mandela of today? He now prizes rationality, logic, compromise, and distrusts sentiment. Prison steeled him, and over the decades he came to see emotion not as an ally but as a demon to be shunned. How was the man who emerged from prison different from the one who went in? His reply: "I came out mature." It is not simply that he harbors little bitterness in his heart; he knows that bitterness will not move him an inch closer to his goal."
Our Nelson Mandela's goal, his goal: to become more Human, I truly believe, and not a saint. We are all both "good" and "evil,"--a paradoxical simplicity, I call it--and neither, but Human, more or less so.
Here's to being "balanced and disciplined," like our venerated Nelson Mandela.
Goddess' speed on your journey to become more Human!