Faith in Humanity

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Essay written in the 7th grade. Please not that my opinions on the second paragraph have changed and I probably should rewrite it.

Submitted: November 04, 2011

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Faith in Humanity

By Renee B.

I believe that having faith in humanity is trusting other people to do the right thing. Having faith in humanity is trusting yourself, as well as the rest of civilization to make something of this world. Having faith in humanity is putting eternity into the cradled arms of trillions of people whom very few you have ever met or will ever meet. To have faith in humanity is to believe somehow that the chaos of this universe will eventually be resolved by those ahead of us in the timeline of what we call the future.

Gerda Weissmann expressed her faith in humanity in an excerpt from her story. She did this by explaining why the Jews hadn’t fought or rebelled against the Nazis during the Holocaust. They didn’t fight back because they were astonished by the cruelty of what was happening. They just could not believe that humanity was capable of having so much hatred within itself causing it to destroy its own people. You would think they would lose their faith and trust in what humans were making of the world. Yet, they chose to trust and not interfere.

Reading Gerda Weissmann’s story brings me to the question whether I, myself, have faith in humanity. This is a question that I’m not quite sure how to answer. Believe it or not, I don’t have much trust in what is happening in the world today. I know it sounds almost rude but no, I find it very hard to believe humanity can resolve the chaos of what is happening here. In fact, I believe that humanity is mainly the cause of the chaos that is going on. Countries argue, go to war, and even attack each other over money, religion, and power. Is this really what we’re wanting? We want to hurt each other because of our differences? We want to hurt each other because our opinions differ? Or because we do not believe in the same God? I believe that humanity does not have the ability to resolve the dilemmas that have been created. We only have the ability to use wisdom in order to prevent future struggle within generations of civilization.

Although I do not have confidence in humanity “fixing” the world, I do have confidence in humanity to change its focus to set important precedents for generations yet to come. I believe our generation should change its values of power and authority to values of equality and unity. I believe we should change our values of money and wealth to values of pride in what one person has the capability to provide for the welfare of others who are less fortunate. We should change our perspective of religion and spirituality to a matter of personal belief rather than a series of certain religious and spiritual groups judging and rejecting one another.

Humans will always disagree on things. Whether it be entertainment, politics, religion, education or anything else for that matter, all people will have their own opinions and own beliefs. I am certain that humanity will always have disagreements, but how humanity chooses to deal with these disagreements is what will impact our world the most.

 

 

*please not that I wrote this in the 7th grade and I don't exactly have the same thinking on the second paragraph as I did then*



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