●Ikeda – On what defines our humanity

07Jun08

How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality—something so intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity. Such enrichment provides an inner compass that can lead civilizations to greatness.

Quote by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda

LINK – Daily Quote

[Image: Looking out towards Nordhoek beach & a Southern Atlantic ocean storm – South Africa]
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2 Responses to “●Ikeda – On what defines our humanity”

  1. 1 Rainwater

    u say that but people have given up on “enrichment of the human spirit”…..
    people no longer care, its even gone as far as the individual….
    individuals could care less unless they are involved…
    enrichment cant happen until people come together, but still remain intact….

    humanity is dead….

    HOH says:
    Please don’t despair.
    Come to South Africa! You will be re inspired at the humanity of people!
    We are rocking and rolling with daily harsh issues
    99.9% of South African people are brimming with kindness and creativity
    If you give up you become part of the problem too!
    I made a decision that no matter what awful things are going on in the world around us – I must double my efforts to get involved in my community as that is all I CAN do – take care of them – see that they are ok – keep my street looking cared for – out with the weeds – rubbish in the bin!
    Don’t give up on humanity!
    As my mentor says, being human is a constant battle between our inner negative and positive selves!
    Being negative requires no effort – being positive is hard work!

  2. 2 David

    @ Rainwater
    “u say that but people have given up on “enrichment of the human spirit”…..
    people no longer care, its even gone as far as the individual….
    individuals could care less unless they are involved…
    enrichment cant happen until people come together, but still remain intact….
    humanity is dead….”

    As much it sometimes seems that humanity is dead, and it’s so easy to feel that way, there are a multitude of people whose humanity is not dead. But such people do not seek the limelight, and their good deeds do not attract as much attention as those who do evil. Nor do the good deeds that almost all of us do each day, mostly without thinking – small acts of courtesy and kindness.

    Please don’t give up on humanity — it’s hard to see sometimes, so hard, but we are creating a better world, slowly, amidst the chaos. Careful analysis of the numbers of deaths in warfare over the last half-century show a steady decline. Practices like torture, the death penalty, cruelty to animals are almost universally condemned – yet a century ago, were in many instances taken completely for granted. Human rights are widely abused — but 100 years ago we did not even have a well-formed concept of human rights.

    To give up hope is itself destructive -– hope secures the future by threading integrity through the present. Please do not give up hope.

    As the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who has just passed away, writes in his poem Under Siege:

    Here on the slopes of hills, facing the dusk and the cannon of time
    Close to the gardens of broken shadows,
    We do what prisoners do,
    And what the jobless do:
    We cultivate hope.


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