Humane? Really?


humane [hyoo-meyn or, often, yoo-]


1) characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed:
humane treatment of prisoners.
2) acting in a manner that causes the least harm to people or animals:
humane trapping of stray pets.
3) of or relating to humanistic studies.

Origin of humane: orig. stress variant of human, restricted to above senses from 18th century

Synonyms: merciful, kind, kindly, kindhearted, compassionate, tender, benign, charitable

Interesting word, humane. Based on the concept of a moral superiority of humans over other life forms, the definition implies that a central aspect of being human is to be kind and compassionate. “Is” being the operative word in that sentence. However, looking at my fellow human beings, particularly in the past year, has forced me to reassess the definition we’ve given to the word.

Humans have lost all credibility in the area…

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