human

This video clip came my way the other day. I have not been the same since.

 

The clip is from a documentary that has the hashtag #whatmakesushuman. And, as I’m sure was the intent, it got me thinking about that very thing.

What makes us human? What separates us from animals?  

I’ve felt a bit discouraged with humanity lately, and it’s making it difficult for me to find the answers to those elemental questions.

It happens to me sometimes. I get distracted on Yahoo! enroute to my email and discover what’s “news” is the latest on Kim’s weight or Josh’s marital indiscretions; or I pick up my middle-schooler and judge the sea of zombies moving forward without looking up, their faces lit by glowing screens. What is happening to us?

I get caught up focusing on all the wrong things.

And then yesterday, I see this clip and BAM! It rocks me.

It rocks me because there is a person in the world like Agnes- a human being that is so compassionate, she sees this man for who he truly is: another human being. She steps away from her own agony and judgement and puts the care of another human soul first.

Holy shit. Holy fucking shit (with emphasis on the Holy).

This is what makes us human. This is where my focus should be.

This is Grace.

Anne Lamott said Grace “meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”

That’s what this story did for me. A faceless woman I will never meet touched me deeply.

All because she had the strength to love instead of hate.

 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.