February 16th, 2003

Another in the Humanity’s Future series. Reposted from Dave Jarvis’ Personal Website.

Thoughts on Humanity’s Future

Dave Jarvis

I’m not your typical religious man. My religion is the belief in Humanity Ö And my belief is starting to shatter.

While driving through logging trails with a friend, I had an automobile accident. We both stepped away unscathed; the driver-side door was crushed. We tried our best to get out of the ditch ourselves. Unfortunately, the ground was soaking wet and the front-wheel drive would not catch. Sometime later two trucks stopped and two men helped push the car out of the rut.

They told me, in no uncertain terms, to commit fraud. Tell my insurance agency that I had smacked into a post, and then they would cover most, if not all, of the damages. But it was my fault. I didn’t hit a post. I hit a tree. I wasn’t on public roads. I was driving on logging trails. I cannot now, or ever will be able to, ask somebody else to pay for my mistake. It isn’t Honest.

Once upon an era, there was a day where a man would rather die than lie. For his word was his Honour. And without his Honour, he was nothing. Now think of all the little lies you have told: You broke it, but never owned up; you borrowed it, but never returned. Think of your big lies. Do they plague you? Do you regret them? Do you ever think of them again? I hope I’m not the only one.

I have come to feel very strongly that Honesty is the essence of Humanity. This feeling has come from my own mistakes. It has come from watching the mistakes of others. Honesty. Decency, fidelity, goodness, honour, incorruptibility, integrity, loyalty, morality, principle, probity, rectitude, reliability, righteousness, sincerity, trustworthiness, uprightness, veracity, and virtue. With so many ways to express Humanity, why are we losing it?

Why do we steal? Why do we cheat? Why do we lie? Where does it all lead us? A friendship with lies isn’t a friendship. Friends forgive. Cheating forfeits friends. Stealing makes us enemies. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”

I don’t know who coined the phrase, “Every man for himself.” But I do know two things about the words. The first is that the idiom has grown from painful roots. Pain seeded from physical abuse. Pain watered from fearful letdowns. Pain that shoots from forgotten promises. Pain matured from fallen trust. Pain that blossomed from fighting words. The second is that life with only yourself to rely on isn’t life. It’s entrapment. It’s fear. It’s helplessness. It’s loneliness. It’s paranoia.

I write to you today, my friends, that in spite of the abuse, the letdowns, the broken promises, the mistrust, and the biting words, that I, too, still have a dream. My dream delves deep into the heart of Humanity.

I have a dream that one day no lies will be uttered. I dream that soon acceptance, patience, and understanding will rule our motions. I long for the days when entrapment, fear, helplessness, loneliness, and paranoia no longer rule our emotions.

I have a dream that one day no person will be the intentional cause, either directly or indirectly, of another person’s pain. That dream entails accepting the past, for we cannot change what has been, only what will be. That dream revolves around patience, for we all move to the beat of more than just one drum. That dream means trying to understand the reasons behind another’s actions, for we must assume their intentions are decent.

I have a dream that transcends the borders of a single nation. My dream is that one day nations, all nations, will unite our planet unto one common goal: The betterment of Humanity. Is my dream so very far fetched? There is one sure way to find out. Don’t lie. Don’t lie, for the rest of your life.

I conclude with two short questions. Is a Simple Solution or Integrity more important to you? Is Money or Honesty more important to you? Think about your answer. Then think what you would have your children answer. Then think towards Humanity’s future.

Copyright © 1998 by Dave Jarvis

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