Does it really matter?

There is a material boundary between impeccability and humanity. Essentially only one of them matters; and, that is not perfection but resolution. The object mustn’t be amorphous; instead definition is preferred. And there can be no clearer objective than the promotion of facility in human relations. It requires no hesitation to distance ourselves whenever possible from the pedantic indulgence of possible flaws or defects. Cavilling is the attribute of an egghead. The resourcefulness of intellect derives instead from overcoming discord.

Humanity is a virtue linked with altruistic ethics derived from the human condition. It signifies human love and compassion towards each other. Humanity differs from mere justice in that there is a level of altruism towards individuals included in humanity more so than in the fairness found in justice. That is, humanity, and the acts of love, altruism, and social intelligence are typically individual strengths while fairness is generally expanded to all. Humanity is one of six virtues that are consistent across all cultures.

Lest one imagines that functionality and  practicality defeat the scholarly enhancement of our undeniable human vulgarity of flesh and blood, there is both ivory-tower and religious strength to the supposed accommodation.

The concept of “humanity” goes back to the development of “humane” or “humanist” philosophy during the Renaissance (with predecessors in 13th-century scholasticism that stressed a concept of basic human dignity inspired by Aristotelianism) and the concept of humanitarianism in the early modern period, resulting in modern notions such as “human rights”.

As a former practitioner of law I am accustomed to the seduction of definition. But, as I was once addressed by another lawyer when dealing with competing issues, “I am here to build bridges not destroy them!” The abuse of pedagogy is contrary to utility. Nor have we time for sophistry.

Confucius said that humanity, or “Ren” (), is a “love of people” stating “if you want to make a stand, help others make a stand.” That is, the Confucian theory of humanity exemplifies the golden rule. It is so central to Confucian thought that it appears 58 times in the Analects. Similar to the Christian process of seeking God, Confucius teaches seeking Ren to a point of seemingly divine mastery until you are equal to, or better than, your teacher.

Thankfully there are those who apply their grey cells to settlement of issues rather than promotion of them. This doesn’t entail evaporation from the exquisiteness of flawlessness; rather, the acknowledgement that there are preferred ways around a reputed obstruction. Guided by the imperative of resolution we attain a new perfection. It always is after all no more than a matter of choice. It is only the most dogmatic who cling to withering drawbacks. Even when the conclusion admits to possibility of obstacle it is nonetheless adequate to preserve balance and settlement on an assessment of wrongful exposure. And there are mechanisms available to predict against such loss.  It is for example no accident that the banking and insurance industries are aligned throughout the globe; the two cooperate to ensure the endurance of success for the greater good, not for selfish dominion or some distorted concept of entitlement, accuracy or exactitude however dignified by being overly scrupulous.