By Sheena Legall

What is humanity? Is it our conscience? Is it the way we humans can be sympathetic towards someone’s loss or share each other’s joy and happiness? Is it the instinct to protect and help others? This moral term is very complex and it carries numerous definitions.

Sometimes we lose our humanity along the road of life but all hope is not lost. We can always earn it back by doing good deeds. Being human is not all flowers and rainbows — there is a negative side. The phrase “I‘m only human” is a perfect example of how we get angry and hurt sometimes, how we lose our reasoning skills. We say horrible things and do wrong but that’s part of being human.

The important subject of humanity is often utilized by movie directors and authors to teach their viewers and readers life lessons and to convey important messages. Take the lesson-learning movies, The Help and Warrior, for example. The characters grow as individuals because they are human.

The PG-13 dramatic comedy, The Help, is “on the edge of the seat” good. Even though the serious issue of racism is discussed, the comedic parts of the film are a breath of fresh air. Eugena Phelan (Emma Stone), commonly known as Skeeter, has just graduated college with her hard-earned diploma and returns to her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), two African American maids in a white household, are being discriminated against because of their race and station. Skeeter observes the cruel manner in which the maids are being treated and decides to record a collection of their experiences to expose this injustice. How will society react to this supposedly ‘heinous’ novel? Will this even have an effect on society? To find out, buy or rent the DVD, which will be out in December. Discrimination is a negative example of humanity. But nonetheless, racism is practiced within society and it is a part of bring human.

Three men. Two brothers. One battle. In Warrior, Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) is a former Marine who is plagued by his past experiences. Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton) is a chemistry teacher who is drowning in financial troubles. Despite their differences, these men have two things in common: they’re great fighters and they have the same father. Tommy returns home after the war and asks his father, Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte), to train him in order to win the martial arts competition. In a fight where winner takes all, can the brothers fight each other? To answer your questions, check out the DVD when it comes out in January. Having relationships, no matter the type, greatly impacts our humanity because the people you’re with forms the kind of person you are and how you act.

The characters in these movies, the protagonists and the antagonists, make mistakes. The mistakes made in life form our lives and personalities. As singer Adele said in her song “Someone Like You,” “Regrets and mistakes, they’re memories made.” Going through the rollercoaster of life, we live, love, and learn. We get to know people and eventually trust them because all humans need to trust and be loved by somebody. “The Help” regards acceptance by society and “Warrior” the love of a sibling. So the advice for today is to love hard and unconditionally, no matter how different you may be from someone because you share the most precious thing of all: your humanity.