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In its most general form, Humanitarianism is an ethic of kindness, benevolence, and sympathy extended universally and impartially to all human beings. Humanitarianism has been an evolving concept historically but universality is a common element in its evolution.


  • Today's real borders are not between nations, but between powerful and powerless, free and fettered, privileged and humiliated. Today, no walls can separate humanitarian or human rights crises in one part of the world from national security crises in another.
    • Kofi Annan, Nobel lecture, Oslo, Norway, (10 December 2001).
  • The thing we must do intensely is be human together. People are more important than things. We must get together. The best thing humans can have going for them is each other. We have each other. We must reject everything which humiliates us. Humans are not objects of consumption.
    We must develop an absolute priority of humans ahead of profit — any humans ahead of any profit. Then we will survive. …
  • What does one mean by humanitarian rules and humanity? Babaji says one should not have hatred towards anyone; one should try not to let down other people; one should try to help others; one should try to love all.
    • Shri Shastriji about Haidakhan Babaji, cited in: The Teachings of Babaji, 25 December 1981.
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