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Necessary Characteristics of Being Humane The idea of being human has grown foggy over the course of time During the time of the Romantic writers such as Emerson and Thoreau society knew that being human meant showing justice courage compassion and love It seems that society since the Deep South Reconstruction has created and blurred the line between being humane showing the before mentioned characteristics and being merely human displaying only the physical signs of the species Organizations like the Nazi Party and the Klu Klux Klan and popular television shows have clouded the idea of human decency Inhumane acts like mass extermination and civil violence have become acceptable because they are performed as we as a society ignore them Over time the constant bombardment of these images from newscasts and primetime TV causes us to become immune to their significance As a result we as a society often ignore that we must act with justice courage compassion and love toward each other in order to be humane We begin to lift the haze that clouds the distinction between humane and merely human when we seek justice for each other Justice is defined as acting in accord with what is accepted as ethical law When translated into the average college students vocabulary it means looking out for the rights of others but what does the word others mean A simple way of looking at it is others includes all members of the human race This was the idea when the Allied troops of WWII sought justice for the Jewish people The Nazi Party of the late 1930s and early 1940s deprived the Jewish people of the right to live a horrible act of injustice Led by Hitler they systematically exterminated over Floyd 2 six million Jews This act of inhumanity was stopped only when the Allies put aside their own inhumanity in order to enforce justice upon Hitler and his followers Similar to
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