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    Humanity has lost an inspiring mentor.

    Hello,

    Here are the lines from one of my students' comments about Steve Jobs' death:

    Apple has lost a visionary and a creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing person. Humanity has lost an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could build, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
    RIP Steve.

    My question is about 'humanity' vs 'mankind'. I lean more to 'mankind', but find it difficult to explain.

    Could you share your opinions please?

    Thank you for the time and help.

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    Re: Humanity has lost an inspiring mentor.

    Some people prefer humanity as it avoids the possibility of sexism in mankind. I also think that humanity can be used with a more emotional or social connotation than mankind. There's also humankind.

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