One of the greatest ignorance and misconceptions of all times is that of human origin. This misconception has graduated into the present human degradation, degeneration and depravation evident in our world today. I am not interested in the different arguments with respect to human origin; but I am concerned with bringing sanity into our insanity and order in our present confusion.
The quality in every civilization is relative to the quality in human life and operation. Every society or nation rises or falls on the human civilization of that society or nation. Thus, in our quest for making a better world, we must focus on making better humans. This has to begin with the investigation into the source of human origin. This research uncovers the truth of where we came from, who we are and where we are going.
The world is divided between two main schools of thought on human origin. There are those who believe that humans evolved from apes (Darwinists); and those who believe that humans are direct creations of God (creationists). Considering both schools of thought, one could see that, there is a place where the dual schools of thought converge into one universal consciousness; that of the reality of a supreme source from where existence as a whole owes its origin.
If Darwin spoke of man evolving from apes, it implies that, at the foundation of the existence of apes, there must have existed a supreme influence which orchestrated the existence of apes. This is so because; there are no authentic findings on where apes themselves evolved from. Thus, apes which Darwin believes are the offspring of human existence must have owed their existence to a higher power.
It is confirmed in physics that, nothing happens by chance. An object is at a resting place until a force is applied to it. This force may be in the form of influence or energy etc. This research conclusion in physics confirms the fact that, apes must have existed through a supreme influence since nothing happens by chance.
The position of the creationists, who believe that man is a direct creation of God, still reveals the underlined universal consciousness of the existence of a supreme source from where existence owes its origin. Thus, there is a point where the dual schools of thought meet together into one universal consciousness “the existence of a supreme source from whence existence owes its origin”.
We may have our differences in names attributed to the source of existence. What is more important is not the names attributed to the source of existence but the underlined universal consciousness of a supreme source from where existence owes its origin.
The universal consciousness of a supreme source from where existence owes its origin is expressed universally as humans in all their labors and toils, strive to relate with the supreme source of existence. This is equally manifested world wide through different forms and religions, even if all the means employed may not be authentic; but the underlined consciousness is genuine.
We can therefore conclude that, human origin is indebted to the existence of a supreme source from whence existence as a whole owes her origin. This answers the question on human origin.
The concept of human existence: It has been established above that, both the Darwinists and creationists share the same universal consciousness “the existence of a supreme source from whence existence owes its origin”. Thus, humans are not objects of fate; neither are they an accident or a universal coincidence. Humans are creatures of intention.
There is a will and a concept which underline human existence, defining the parameters on which humans are to live and function. Operating out of the will, intention and concept which underline human existence is one of the greatest human debacles. Thus, we will be investigating the will, intention and concept which must have underlined human existence.
It is established that, existence as a whole has only one source from where its diversities sprang from. The question is “why are humans unique in all of existence? What makes up this uniqueness?” The answer to both questions embodies the science of what it really means to be human. Why are humans unique?
If all of existence owe its origin to one supreme source, with humans more peculiar and unique, it implies that, the will, intention and concept which must have underlined human existence is that; humans are to be a special specie in all of existence, sharing special qualities and attributes different and superior to those of other species of existence; making humans the managers of lower species of existence.
Think about it for a moment. If it was not so, humans will not be made to possess the unique traits and qualities they possess.
The position occupied by humans in all of existence is intended to create in humans a higher perspective with relative consequence on the way humans live and function. This is what true civilization is all about; “humans living and functioning in accordance to the will, intention and concept of human existence”. If this is absent then, humans have fallen below their profile and standard in relation to existence as a whole, with relative consequences on lower species of existence.
Whenever humans live and function below the expectation, intention and concept of their existence, it is an indication of a decline in human civilization; and this will have a resultant consequence of degradation, degeneration and deprivation in human life and functionality, leaving existence as a whole in disarray. This is where humanity and nature find themselves right now.
All over the world, there are fallen standards. Humanity due to the ignorance of what it really means to be human is living and functioning in total dishonor to the human personality and standard. This has placed other forms of existence in disarray; leaving the entire existence without proper managerial impact.
Environmental degradation, global warming, pollution, extremism, terrorism, etc. are all pointers to the fact that, humans are poor managers of themselves and existence as a whole.
The world is in a global mismanagement crisis. Humans who were to serve as managers of other forms of life and existence are completely irresponsible. If this has to continue, I am afraid we will wake up one morning just to find the whole earth in chaos. It is expedient that humanity regains the consciousness of who there are and where they are coming from, to determine where they are going.
Human dignity: Humans are special specie in all of existence, sharing special qualities and attributes different and superior to that of other species; making humans the managers of lower species of existence. The above distinction of humans from other forms of existence should naturally instill in all humans a sense of dignity. Dignity is an important trait in human quality. An individual is not complete if such lacks a sense of dignity.
Human dignity should not be a function of material possession or any external factor, but the simple fact of our being humans. Thus, one’s background, race, ethnicity, country, etc. should not be a limiting factor to one’s dignity but simply the sense of being human.
With respect to human dignity, we all are equal irrespective of our colour, race, ethnicity, country. There is nothing as a superior race; all humans must view themselves as equal.
The concept where other races view some humans as inferior is a back drop to human civilization. All humans ought to posses a sense of dignity; it should be a universal identity and consciousness. Human dignity is a human right.
Dignity is the sense of self worth, value and respect. It defines an individual’s self esteem, complex, and confidence, which are all necessary virtues for excellence in life. When humans loose their dignity, it leads naturally to inhuman behavior. Nothing influences humans in their manner of life and functionality like a sense of dignity. To be human is to have dignity. Nothing can substitute human dignity. One should trade his dignity for nothing.
A sense of dignity inspires a positive attitude towards oneself and others. With respect to oneself, dignity influences the behavior of an individual and the way one lives his life.
A dignified individual will live right, do the right things, dress well, eat well, stay in a clean environment, relate properly with others, etc. Indeed the list is endless. One can’t live above his sense of dignity.
The negative manner in which people live and do things is simply because of their low sense of dignity. Any human society where individuals lack a sense of dignity will inevitably be a society with all forms of inhuman attitude and behaviour.
Human development should enhance human dignity. Human dignity is a regulator to human attitude and behaviour. Any system, be it political or religious which suppresses or oppresses, it’s a curse to humanity.
A true political or religious system should inspire human dignity. This is fundamental in what it really means to be human. To be human is to have dignity.
As you read through this book, it is important that you regain your self value, worth, and respect. Say to yourself I am somebody going somewhere positive with my life. Start to see yourself that way. Everything about human life rises or falls on human dignity. Don’t let anything steal your dignity.