Being human, is being physically a man or a woman, no matter the height, the weight or the color. Furthermore, it is also having humanity, which is kindness from a man to another man, considering every man or women equally, regarding to any aspect, if he stands, if he’s been educated, if he has an opinion, if he breathes. But we live in a so controverted world that our humanity is being attacked and is in jeopardize. The factors of us losing our humanity might stand in different aspect of our society that men were not prepared for, the first aspect is violence in society, there has never been a year of peace all around the earth and there are reasons for it. Then, as we are getting involved deeper and deeper in technology in our modern world, and as we are going away from nature we leave our natural habitat, and might lose part of what we are. But how is this provoked?
Firstly, have you ever thought about how would be your life without this laptop or computer on which you are about to read this blog? It won’t have been the same, what do you think you would have done instead of being behind it, and reading this? Did you thought about going out taking a deep breath in the countryside walking along a river or between trees of a massive forest realizing what really matters or where do we come from? Aren’t these lines about nature making you feeling better and relaxed? Today, in France more and more workers are practicing sport, about 5% more this year according to the INSEP, it is a good thing, it disconnects them from their everyday life and technologized one. But, have they ever thought that if they need sport is because their body needs to rest from this technology that surrounds us? People need to feel themselves experiencing, on the net we don’t live and we don’t experience. Moreover, if people try to get a signal in the brain of someone in front his laptop they won’t get anything because this person is a spectator not a protagonist of what she lives, the only thing that thrives us is to experience with our body. Reading makes us imagining things, watching a video makes us being vegetables.
Years after years, we have disconnected ourselves from the land in gathering in big cities trying to reach the sky, which seems no more to be our only limit, to get away from the earth and the water from where we really come. But also in getting on our laptops instead of going out to see the world. We are depriving ourselves of our humanity, in losing our feelings and connection with our origins.
Men, as people like to remind themselves that they are “intelligent” but according to Ashley Montaigu, human are confused about what they are really supposed to do, what should really be their aim, we are supposed to live and our intelligence is supposed to help us to invent and to innovate, but this only led us to let machines doing what we were supposed to do, and created a terrible mess. All of this explains why we are destructing our Earth, on which everything is founded, without asking the right questions at the right moment. The further we go in technology, the more we destroy the Earth and the more cut ourselves from it and our humanity. To get out of this today, would be a very big challenge because industries and the market are the ones who decides of the innovations and make profit of it, asking it to just innovate for the good without the assurance of profit might be nearly impossible, but engineers have to be aware of this fact to change things. Furthermore, our loose of humanity is described in how violent are the conflict today and how they are created.
As are showing the Second World War and the conflict with ISIS today there is an escalation of violence and cruelty in our society. And according to the new articles in “Le Monde” about the torture possibly made by the Americans in Iraq, or what history tells us about the horrors during the Second World War, people because they aim to survive are ready to forget their humanity, because of their fear of death they are ready to be crueler than their enemy. However, this violence doesn’t exist in our gene and isn’t only spread by our society, with a market based on a selfish consummation of products. It is also a problem of education, still today we raise our children following a German model build a century ago, that considers that when the child express his first will that the parents are not eager to satisfy, they should show they won’t and can at most beat him aiming to have a total obedience in the future, however this led to child abuse. But Alice Miller demonstrated that this violence to obtain obedience was memorized by the body and if this fear and this rage felt during being beaten is interiorized by the body isn’t intellectualized it can in the future be expressed in another way by the child and this way is to spread violence in society. This violence can be from any form: racism, sexual abuse, and this is maybe the reason why so many people followed Hitler. Here we are not saying all German citizens who followed Hitler were child abused but that they all had fear and rage and that this model of education provokes this type of feelings inherently in the body.
And because of how our body memorize this, people suffering from this trauma will maybe act “unconsciously” beating their children without really wanting it but more as it was a reflex, transmitting their suffering.
Because, this pedagogy called by A. Miller “the poisonous pedagogy”, is creating a so deep trauma people should change their way to educate and the biggest challenge stands in accepting every side of our child, no matter if we like them or not. Accepting these sides, is the first step to truly love our children, saving them from this trauma is saving the humanity of the future generation. Here, we’re not talking of stop any violence on children but to find another way to find obedience, which could from recognition more than fear.
Anyway, other factors can turn our minds upside down and create fear that surrounds our humanity.
Our world faces a big economic crisis which started in 2008, and because of the instability it created people are afraid for themselves and forget about the others. People fear to be jobless, to run out of money, they fear the other, and the ones who are different. Because they had to find an excuse to their situation, some of them thought other were responsible and this part of why there is racism, and the fast growth of it in France as shows the first win of ‘le Front National” at an election last year. However, racism creates separation which creates communitarianism, even sexism can be created by fear of losing job or things like that. It is fear that transforms differences from strength to weakness and danger.
To conclude, it is fear and confusion about our future that deprives us from our humanity and makes us lose our humanity. To speak simply, relearning how to be human means that we have to go back where we come from, we have to seek for our origins and our real needs, making abstraction of what our society wants to sell us. Moreover, for centuries people are following a bad way to educate their children that provoke traumas and can corrupt their humanity right during their young childhood. But there has always been fear in society and there will always be, the only thing we can do is trying to get rid of it.