The Way of Humanity

The Hebrew Bible (King James Version) says:

“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”   (Jeremiah 10:23)

With all due respect to the author of such a philosophy, it seems to me that nothing could be further from the truth.

The way of humanity (per the text: “man”) is within humanity.

And it is within the way of the human being to direct her/his own steps.

The way of all things is within all things:

 

The way of the seed is in the seed.

The way of the tree is in the tree.

The way of the dog is in the dog.

The way of the rock is in the rock.

The way of the human being is in the human being.

 

As to the way of the human beings, there are ways of humanity which are desirable, and there ways of humanity which are lacking:

The way of generosity is within the human being.

The way of greed is within the human being.

The way of friendliness is within the human being.

The way of hostility is within the human being.

The way of peace is within the human being.

The way of war is within the human being.

The way of cooperation is within the human being.

The way of competition is within the human being.

As to the way of the human beings, there are ways of humanity which are desirable, and there ways of humanity which are lacking.

It is within the way of the human being to direct his/her own steps:

Intellect for the reasoning is within the human being.

.Sensitivity for caring is within the human being.

Wisdom to distinguish desirable qualities from those which are lacking is within the human being.

The will to choose which qualities to fertilize and to foster is within the human being.

The cultivation of the way which is within includes the struggle to overcome the capacity for lesser desirable qualities, in order to assume more desirable qualities.

But even the struggle itself is the way of humanity.
The way of humanity is within the human being; and it is within humanity that walks to direct our steps accordingly.

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One thought on “The Way of Humanity

  1. I would say this may depend on one’s view of what exactly a human being is. Is a human being founded upon thoughts, judgments, and the belief that we consciously control our choices (many, many neuroscientists would disagree)? Or is the deep down reality of a human being something beyond thought and that judgment (something that would call something greed), as supposedly it also is with the way of a tree? Is the way of a human being individualist, meaning the choice the an individual might make, or completely dependent upon all other happening in the environment?

    If “God” can be said to represent something beyond one’s own personal belief that who we are is requisitely confined within a bag of skin – a greater self of everything that there is – then could it also be said that it is indeed true that our steps are not directed by our individualistic self at all, but completely also relying on everything there is in order to take a step at all; as nobody can take a step without the ground being present to step upon.

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