Advaitam and Science

OM, Purnamata purnamitam purnat purnamutachyate, purnasya purnamataye purnamevavasishyate – Bri.Up V.i.1


                            MORALITY VERSUS HUMANITY

Long time back we have forgotten humanity – a feeling of kindness and love towards the fellow humans, not for any particular reason but just for being a living being. Humanity is a natural feeling in us. Since we have forgotten humanity we have to be imposed with moral values. We are constantly comparing ourselves with others and judging ourselves based on the comparison. We identify ourselves with some values which we consider to be good and reject some set of values which we consider to be bad. In reality, there is no definite set of good or bad. What we consider as extremely bad is considered as tolerably good or sometimes very good by the passage of time. We impose a set of values on us and limit ourselves from expanding.

Morality is good since it gives a social order. A society is the reflection of its own people. If the people have morality then the society is called as the moral society. Morality is a set of rules which has to be imposed on the people because they have forgotten the humanity. Humanity is suppressed and distorted in many ways. At last, to bring social order morality has to be imposed. There is no need of morality if humanity were alive. When we have real concern for the fellow beings then there is no need for law and action or moral rules. We forget that the other humans living with us also have equal feeling and emotions like us. The idea of moral superiority has been the reason behind for many social injustices.

Morality differs from person to person, place to place, situations to situations and convenience. However humanity remains the same under all circumstances and time. Humanity makes us to expand to infinity. When we have humanity we feel the feelings and emotions of all. There is deep involvement in humanity, whereas morality limits us without any involvement with the others. Morality is only a set of do’s and don’ts. However, in today’s time it is extremely needed because without it the society will be in chaos.

Humanity brings out the divinity in a person and takes one to the core. Humanity does not have caste, creed, religion or nationality. However, morality has differences based on caste, creed, religion and nationality. What is moral in one society need not be the same in the other society. Humanity is a natural feeling. Spirituality brings out the long forgotten humanity in a person. Humanity cannot be imposed on a person. It is just bringing out our true nature. Humanity is the way of treating every one as equal and divine and accepting their shortcomings without discriminating them. Humanity liberates a person whereas morality entangles a person.




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