How do you define “humanity”? What is your contribution
to the collective space of humanity? How does your spiritual path support this
definition and contributions?
I have been thinking about these questions ever
since they were put forth to me, and I am realizing that my definition of
humanity is actually pretty broad. In my own mind, I have been using the term “personhood” as
opposed to “humanity” to denote an independent, sentient individual. Sometimes
I feel as though the term humanity is not all embracing enough.
I have previously written about the connection between
creativity and depression when I wrote about my own experience with depression
a few years ago. I found that was utterly incapable of being creative or in any
way productive during that time. During
that period of my life, it was a good day if I made it out of bed and didn’t
spend the entire day weeping. I am usually a happy, extroverted person – most
people would probably not think I ever suffer from depression, but as one of
those creative types, I can tell you I am as capable of it as anyone else.