FAIR WARNING: A FEW OF THE IMAGES IN THIS ARTICLE ARE OF GRAPHIC NATURE. SKIP THIS ONE, IF YOU THINK IT’LL RUSTLE YOUR JIMMIES!
Being human is about being humane. At the heart of humanity lies kindness and benevolence, which we often overlook but these ideals should always remain as two of our core values in life. Be charitable and selfless whenever possible like a boss.
Some of the images below are uplifting, motivational and inspirational simultaneously. Some are downright heartbreaking. They shed some light on what humanity is all about and how we should thrive to improve the lives of others with compassion and understanding. Life isn’t always easy, but let’s make the best out of it!
To intensify the flow of these emotionally moving photographs, we’re coupling them with lines from the The Great Dictator‘s Speech from Charlie Chaplin and also Professor Louis Levy quotes in Crimes and Misdemeanors. If you don’t want to do a bunch of reading, you can also just let the video of the speech (which is below) play as you scroll through the images.
The way of life can be free and beautiful.
Pictured above is a riot police officer crying together with a protester in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was taken in 2013.
But we have lost the way.
A man falls from the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks on the buildings.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls – has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
This orthodox priest tried to prevent a confrontation between protesters and police in Kiev, Ukraine this year.
We think too much and feel too little.
A man who has just found out his brother was killed.
More than machinery we need humanity.
A brave Marine carried a puppy in his drop pouch, after the little guy followed the group of soldiers for miles.
More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.
Sergeant Frank Praytor, a Marine, is photographed while feeding a two-week old kitten. Its mother was tragically killed.
Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
Zanjeer was a Labrador Retriever. He spent his life as a detection dog for explosives. During the 1993 bombings in Mumbai, India, this boss dog saved numerous lives by detecting more than 7,000 lbs of explosive RDX, 600+ detonators, over 200 hand grenades, and in excess of 6,000 rounds of live ammo. To honor this fantastic puppy, he was given a full state funeral.
Don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.
In 2013, an anti-government activist in Bangkok, Thailand offered this rose to a soldier.
You are not machines.
At a state track meet in Ohio, an injured athlete was helped across the finish line by her selfless opponent. A beautiful display of sportsmanship.
You are not cattle.
Afghan man giving tea to American soldiers.
You have the love of humanity in your hearts.
1941: A woman lies in the Warsaw ghetto, struggling to survive in Poland.
In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for seven months.
We all want to live by each other’s happiness…
During 2012 riots in Bucharest, Romania, a young boy handed this heart-shaped balloon to riot police.
…not by each other’s misery.
Greg Cook’s home in Alabama was destroyed in 2012 during a vicious tornado. He is pictured above hugging his beloved dog Coco, who he had just found beneath the rubble.
We don’t want to hate and despise one another.
A Russian soldier plays a piano.
We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
A WWII concentration camp prisoner photographed after she just found out she is free in 1945.
You the people have the power…
2013: A woman in Egypt protected a wounded man from military bulldozers.
…the power to create machines…
The interior of a gas chamber in Auschwitz.
…the power to create happiness.
After a successful heart transplant that took 23 hours to complete, a heart surgeon was photographed. His assistant can be seen sleeping in the corner!
You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful…
A Japanese soldier holds a puppy just a day before departing on a Kamikaze mission during World War II.
…to make this life a wonderful adventure.
New Westminister, Canada on October 1st, 1940: A boy runs after his father.
We are all faced throughout our lives with agonizing decisions, moral choices.
A missionary holds the hand of a starving boy.
Some are on a grand scale…
A man sticks flowers into the barrels of soldiers’ guns.
…most of these choices are on lesser points.
During riots in Cairo, Egypt, 2011, Christians protected Muslims as they prayed.
But we define ourselves by the choices we have made.
An alcoholic father with his son.
We are, in fact, the sum total of our choices.
Beneath the rubble of a collapsed factory, this couple was found embracing.
Events unfold so unpredictably, so unfairly.
March 2011: A woman is pictured crying surrounded by devastation caused by an enormous earthquake and tsunami in Natori, Japan.
Human happiness does not seem to have been included in the design of creation.
Diego Frazão Torquato, a 12-year-old Brazilian boy, played the violin at the funeral of the teacher who taught him how to play the instrument.
It is only we, with our capacity to love that give meaning to the indifferent universe.
Sunset viewed from Mars.