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Robert J. Cipriano has been publishing articles and blogs for numerous international publications including The Huffington Post, USA Today and many online blogs for over a decade.  He was originally published in the New York Post in 1984 and continues through today expressing his insight and wisdom on humanitarian, non-profit and personal betterment subject.




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The DNA of a Humanitarian

The DNA of a Humanitarian
In this complex world of interconnected relationships, situations and opportunities/problems there exists “the humanitarian”.  This creature is a strange fruit in many ways as he or she hears a drum beat from far away that calls upon them to come and help.  The sound of the drumstick beating against the snare head resonates and vibrates somewhere inside them in a much different way than others.  It calls them forward to come and act in oppositions to human nature in most cases.  It automatically activates a “care” button and it drowns out the “easy” button.  What makes this “humanitarian” do the things they do?  It is truly some form of recognition down deep in their motivation oven?  Is it a steep staircase to repentance via acts of kindness to be recorded by God?  Is it a heavy rooted need to be thanked?  Or, is it truly something much more basic to our human nature that they have harnessed and incorporated into their DNA? 
I have had the greatest of fortunes to have met and talked with literally hundreds upon hundreds of “humanitarians” during my lifetime. I am constantly amazed at what they share so easily and what they hide, or rather, protect from the world.  I also have met thousands upon thousands of people who aspire to be a “humanitarian” yet have not the courage or wisdom to do the things that are required of such a being, such as, helping others rather than helping themselves; beating the drum instead of listening for the drum beat, and of course, oh yes, “being kind to others”.
The DNA of a humanitarian is made up of many parts.  Each part supports the other in order to bring about the motivations and actions in that person that enables them to be of service unselfishly toward others, without glory or ceremony.  The reward, although none is expected nor sought, is that the person or persons helped are able to take their next breath of fresh-air.  They are able to have life saving medicine that helps them grow and continue to help their societies.  That the “they” are no longer “they” rather they are “us”.  So, maybe, the drumbeat heard is to make “us” us and “others” “us”?  Maybe, just maybe, the strange fruit called a “humanitarian” is all about erasing the boundaries that separate and creating the global string that binds all of us “others” into a world of universal-us! Maybe?
I have found some interesting things about humanitarians.  
The “humanitarian” thinks of the one with less before the one with more.  
The “humanitarian” gives the last of what they have to those who have nothing without fear of going without.
The “humanitarian” does not think of self before others and always goes above any expectations.
The “humanitarian” creates a path where there exist only resistance. 
The “humanitarian” changes what needs to be changes and does so quietly with total benefit to those in need.  
The “humanitarian” picks that path of most resistance rather than the path of perks and rewards.
The “humanitarian” is outraged at social injustices and overjoyed at social kindnesses.
The “humanitarian” is moved to action at the thought of a crisis.
The “humanitarian” is kind inside and out and respectful of others and their cultures, beliefs and societies.
The major function of a “humanitarian” is to saves lives, prevent suffering and maintain human dignity by providing the necessary sustenance to support life. What is it about the “humanitarian” that makes him or her care differently than the other 99.998% of the globe?  If it is easy the other part of the globe may text help or FB/Twitter an injustice or crisis, but what makes this “strange fruit” save lives, prevent suffering and care about the dignity of another?
This is where I will get in trouble, but I am going to “pull on Superman’s cape, spit into the window, pull the mask of the old Long Ranger and I’m going to mess with Jim”.
A great many of the “humanitarians” today come from faith based groups of all natures.  The Christians and the Muslim faiths strongly believe in “saving the world” and actually make up the majority of missions globally.  This is matched only by governmental humanitarian activities which many times has its roots in diplomacy and global issues. NGO’s and more organized non faith based group make up the remainder of “humanitarians”.  The people who populate all these groups are wonderful and do a fantastic job helping people.  However, I wonder about the rest of us who could be real “humanitarians” and our reasons for not wanting to be considered as such.  I wonder what it would take for us to wake up and smell the coffee and get busy.  We don’t need to climb Mt.Kilimanjaro or cross the Serengeti to become a “humanitarian”.  In our own family is someone who is in deep trouble.  In our own neighborhood there are many who can’t face another day.  In our travels each day we avoid the faces of those who need us.  We need not be required to look far to find someone to help. 
As we become comfortable in our own comfort zone being a “humanitarian”, we can then expand out and find situations that require from ourselves compassion and action.  As we do this, we suddenly find ourselves contemplating that trip to China to visit orphanages or to Africa to visit AIDs babies and mothers.  Before you know it we are a first responder humanitarian in a world crisis and we have traded in the rag tag excuses for the lives we lived for a meaningful and quality “humanitarian” selfless existence.  Can you believe it?
What is the DNA of a humanitarian? YOURS !!!

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