On Humanity’s Potential

Christmas is always a thoughtful time of year for me–a time for looking behind and ahead; a time resonating with hope and joy and pain and sadness–all fitting for the day associated with the birth of Jesus Christ on Earth. As such, I thought it would be fitting to go over my views of humanity’s potential. I no longer hold that humankind is capable of developing telekinetic powers, or teleportation–though I would be open to the possibility given the number of tales related to such things in mythology, I have yet to be shown enough proof that it exists in modern day or is possible at all–indeed, such tales may be more an expression of the psyche as Jung holds or maybe only possible by the grace of God. That is not to say however that my belief in humankind’s potential has been modified. Indeed, I still believe that there exists a potential in all of us for greatness, and I firmly believe that provided we survive ourselves, humankind as a whole will one day reach the heights of greatness. Why do I believe this? Well, over the course of my 20 years I have met and talked to a wide range of individuals young and old. Across age span, and across cultures I have noticed that there are individuals who have incredible strength of will, compassion of spirit, and flexible mind. It is the existence of such individuals that gives me hope for humanity. I believe that the potential for these qualities exist in all of us, and they need only be properly nurtured to be brought to the fore. Now I will admit that a certain level of adversity seems to be needed to bring these qualities to their highest state, and that some are able to develop these qualities to their highest state despite extreme adversity, but I also believe that these qualities can be brought forth by gentle guidance and patient teaching and that this is a more constructive route in the end. I believe that by embracing these qualities, nurturing them, building them into the very structure of society we can build a society capable of great things. Now people may think that I label these as desirable qualities because I myself have them but that is not, I think, the root cause. Rather, because of the individuals in my early life who had these qualities (and there were more than you might imagine) I was influenced in favor of these qualities and have been working to develop them ever since–though, I will admit, with questionable success. One day, however, I hope to embody these qualities and live with them, so as to inspire others as the people I have known have inspired me.

Published by Devin Hogg

My name is Devin Hogg. I was born and raised in Carnarvon, Ontario, Canada. I moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2009 for university and lived here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, going on long walks, swimming, and practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I love to write poetry and blog regularly about topics such as mental health, sci-fi/fantasy series, faith, sexuality, and politics.

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