I can humanize, or de-humanize…

Blue Flower

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

~ Haim Ginott (school teacher, child psychologist, psychotherapist, and author of Teacher and Child: A book for Parents and Teachers)

4 thoughts on “I can humanize, or de-humanize…

  1. It is a very interesting post Robert and has a deep meaning.Especially these words,”If we treat people as they are we make them worse,if we treat them as they ought to be,we help them becoming what they are capable of becoming”. An excellent lesson for us non-thinkers,wouldn’t you say?

    • Dear Ranu,

      Thank you for your visit and comments.

      I agree with your observations. Quite honestly, this man’s perspective is exceptionally Iqbalian insofar as he is emphasizing treating people (and presumably oneself as well) not as they are, but as they ought to be. A sense of evolution of self is implied here, not unlike what was highlighted so strongly in our MLC course on literature.

      All good wishes,


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