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By Asha Nair Ganeser

Nowadays, humanity is a popular topic. Life is as challenging as the day comes, and humans often have to face impenetrable barriers. It is heart-wrenching visualizing the situation currently faced by many people around the world – those who are homeless, in poverty, and have no access to education.

Humanity can be described in three simple words: benevolence, happiness, and unity. These three words coincide with the saying by Albert Schweitzer, “The purpose of human life is to serve, to show compassion and the will to help others.” Most of us should be thankful for the life that we have now; many out there are far less privileged. Each one of us has the ability to provide the utmost help and support to those who are in need. Of course, no one was born happy, but the thoughts and effort that goes into making small changes in a person, from sorrow to happiness, means a lot. As said by Yogi Bera, “Little things make a big difference.” A small helping hand can have a significant impact on those who are in need. Many people out there offer to help by giving food, financial donations, and free education to those who are struggling.

Well, humanity is not only helping those who are underprivileged but also embracing the importance of individual people, and things that directly contribute to shaping our future.

This is applicable to the current pandemic that has impacted most people around the world. The global threat, COVID-19 has created world health issues with a high number of death cases. This situation has caused a significant impact in terms of lifestyle since most countries are under lockdown. This crisis has increased the sense of humanity and awareness in appreciating those who sacrifice their lives to protect the country. The frontliners, who are our unsung heroes, work hard in battling COVID-19, and this is where we as a nation should embrace their hard work and determination. People are finding creative ways to appreciate our frontline workers regardless of age and race. Composing songs and the shine a light campaign are some of the methods used to show a symbolic gesture of thanks.

Many university students created an impact on social media with videos and posts showing their appreciation to the frontliners. IUMW students shared their sense of humanity by making videos to thank frontliners, as well as awareness videos on health and safety. Students also conducted personal charity efforts by providing food, masks, and gloves to frontliners and daily necessities for struggling families. It is inspiring to see our nation act and work together during this crisis.

Humanitarian activities should not be done to show off or gain praise; the feel of sharing the burden and trying to lift the needy is what matters most. In the end, the feeling when we put a smile on the face of those we help – it’s priceless!