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Do We Need to Redefine Humanity?

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Do We Need to Redefine Humanity?

Upon looking up the word, humanity, the thesaurus lists words such as humankind, kindness, and civilization.

But our recent news has me wondering if it’s time to redefine humanity, and redirect the word ‘mankind.’  

Humanity refers to all people.  If women were to have any say, they would demonstrate inclusiveness by replacing ‘mankind’ with ‘people-kind.’ 

It  is most notable that actions of late delete the latter part of the word ‘kind.’ The combination of kindness, respect, and help toward all, has unfortunately disappeared. It is said that ‘man’ evolved from the apes; today the theory is more plausible than ever.  If women were to have any say, they would demonstrate inclusiveness by replacing ‘mankind’ with ‘people-kind.’

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The brutality, the hate, and the verbiage all expressed over the past week, in Virginia, violates the basics of mankind and what our country supposedly stands for.  Unfortunately, the activities point to earlier times in history. The saddest part of U.S. history is that of the original native Americans who were almost annihilated because no one took the time to become familiar with them. Similarly, millions of people lost their lives in World War II due to the same bigotry. The lesson was not learned.

High on my list is Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, who expressed her outrage of what took place here, after learning and experiencing the lessons of her own country. Research indicates that almost everyone in the United States is here due to the bravery of an immigrant family inclusive of most nations and religions. Everyday people, celebrities, and innovators, across the board, have a family history of immigrants. And they chose to come here due to the need for a better life for themselves and their families.

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

And it was a woman, Emma Lazarus, who wrote the poem engraved into the Statue of Liberty. Her words show inclusiveness and the meaning of “people-kind.”  

Do we need to return the Statue of Liberty to the President of France, Emmanuel Macron?  If we are going to disregard our history and everything the Statue stands for, then there is no reason to keep the statue.

Click here to visit the website that describes the brief history of The Statue of Liberty.  A small snippet states, “…the joint effort behind it between France and the United States. It was intended to commemorate the lasting friendship between the peoples of the two nations. Today, the Statue of Liberty remains an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy, as well as one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks.” 

Business Lessons 

Similarly, those who excel in marketing say all content needs to be consistent across the board. Parents tell children that words, actions, and deeds all need to match to be believable. And in business, we need to follow-through on all promises for our audience to know, like, and trust us. There is no room for lies. 

Trust and credibility are at stake for our brand and reputation.

Mindset:  Discovery and Intrigue Connect Us 

Instead of moving forward with prejudice, it is best to discover and learn about everyone we meet. Be curious about personal experiences as well as professional. My book, Nice Girls DO Get the Sale provides insight on how to build long-term relationships with clientele and have your voice heard when the need arises. The book is an International Best-Seller. 

Today, it’s relatively easy to build global influence while meeting people from around the world. I love social media for this very reason. One of my favorite memories is taking the language Quechua to satisfy the linguistics requirement for graduation from college. Years later, upon meeting someone from Peru, I verbalized one sentence in Quechua. Our friendship blossomed, and yes, she provided referrals. Doing what you enjoy most builds business best. In the meantime, I became known as a Top 1% Influencer. My book, The Wish: A 360-DegreeBusiness Development Process that Fuels Sales details how to accomplish the same. 

As we learn, one of the better ways of giving is to mentor those following in our footsteps. Given my sales savvy with clients and hiring managers, my community service originated with helping job seekers to sell themselves on interviews. The incredible thank you notes, motivated my writing of the book, HIRED! 

The consistency throughout the books speaks to kindness and describe the professionally personal approach for reaching our goals. Coming to an understanding up front of those we encounter, allows for improved decision-making on all counts. May we find peace among all of us.

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