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Holding Humanity in Open Hand...

By December 8, 2013

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It's Human Rights Month in commemoration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the U.N. General Assembly in December 1948. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our citizens in all our communities."

Mark TwainMark Twain said: "Every man is in his own person the whole human race, with not a detail lacking. I am the whole human race without a detail lacking; I have studied the human race with diligence and strong interest all these years in my own person; in myself I find in big or little proportion every quality and every defect that is findable in the mass of the race."

Henry David Thoreau said: "No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does."

And, Walt Whitman wrote: "A voice from Death, solemn and strange, in all his sweep and power, / With sudden, indescribable blow--towns drown'd--humanity by thousands slain... Holding Humanity as in thy open hand, as some ephemeral toy..."

What are your thoughts on humanity? Do you agree with how writers have portrayed humanity--for good or ill?

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