Photo Story: In The Garden of Humanity

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The word humanity means, inter alia, compassion, brotherly love, fraternity, and feeling for a fellow human being.

Sadly, the human species often forgets its humanity and more often than not it needs to be reminded of this characteristic value.

Kindness Bench
Kindness Bench

In Boca Raton, Florida, there is a well-known gallery named Gallery 22, owned by the artist, sculpture and Jewelry designer Yaacov Heller. Mr. Heller was commissioned by the owner of the property where his gallery is nestled to create a story about Humanity. Through quotes, marked on benches, inscriptions on plaques, statues and charming garden design, Mr. Heller has created ‘The Garden of Humanity,‘ which teaches the visitor a lesson to take to heart and to never forget.

Looking Through The Garden of Humanity

The Garden of Humanity road.
Walking through The Garden of Humanity.
Yaacov Heller - April 2016
Yaacov Heller
The Garden of Humanity plaque
The Garden of Humanity plaque

Anne Frank wrote: “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

The Garden of Humanity Bench-Faith in Humanity-Anne FrankThe Holocaust brought about the saying “Never Again” yet, in The Garden of Humanity, which is dealing with the 20th century atrocities, from bench to bench you are reminded of the Genocides that took place. Regardless of the meaning of Never Again, to mention, the Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda and Ukraine genocides and if we move to the 21st century, it is the Syria Genocide on rampage today. And the world remains silent.

Europe's 20th century worst genocide known in human history
Europe’s 20th century worst genocide known in human history
Armenia's genocide ignored by the world
Armenia’s genocide ignored by the world
Rwanda's Genocide, where was the world?
Rwanda’s Genocide, where was the world?
Bosnia's Genocide - ethnic cleansing
Bosnia’s Genocide – ethnic cleansing

On the white benches, positioned on either side of the straight garden path, the etched meaningful quotations are about the long arduous task to implement tolerance and compassion, appreciation, respect, love, lifting others in order to lift oneself, speaking kind words, counting your blessing and to never be silent in the face of evil.

Tolerance bench
Tolerance bench
Kindness Bench
Kindness Bench
Lift others to lift yourself
Lift others to lift yourself

At one end of the path there is a gazebo-shaped building dedicated to the Armenian Genocide of the early 20th century, that was ignored by the world.

The Garden of Humanity Gazebo structure
The Garden of Humanity Gazebo structure
Armenia symbol of co-existence
Armenia symbol of co-existence
Armenians were first to accept Christians
Armenians were first to accept Christians
Star of David on the tomb of Armenia Grand Prince of 1261AD
Star of David on the tomb of Armenia Grand Prince of 1261AD

The garden center piece, a tall Magen David-Star of David eternal flame stake, is dedicated to remind the world of all of the 20th century genocides.

Eternal Flame
Eternal Flame

The other side of the garden path ends with the statue of the artist’s artistic expression of humanity.

The Garden of Humanity sculpture

Mahatma Gandhi said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi: be the change you want to see in the world
Mahatma Gandhi: be the change you want to see in the world

Today the world aches to see a real change for the better.

C.H.I.P's Logo
C.H.I.P’s Logo

Imagination brings innovation. Imagination brought me, the writer, to found C.H.I.P (Western Civilization Heritage Israel Program), in order to help bring about the change we all wish to see in our world.

A visit to The Garden of Humanity will give you a reason to reflect and a reason to help improve your life as well as the life of many others.

The Garden of Humanity
The Garden of Humanity
Einstein's had much to say
Einstein’s had much to say
Einstein's saying
Einstein’s saying

During the 2006 second Lebanon War, Nurit Greenger, referenced then as the “Accidental Reporter” felt compelled to become an activist. Being an ‘out-of-the-box thinker, Nurit is a passionately committed advocate for Jews, Israel, the United States, and the Free World in general. From Southern California, Nurit serves as a “one-woman Hasbarah army” for Israel who believes that if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.

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