It is always simple to love abstract things. It is more simple to love humanity than to love human beings, because in loving humanity you are not risking anything. A single human being is far more dangerous than the whole of humanity. Humanity is a word, an abstraction; there is no corresponding reality to it. The human being is a reality, and when you come across a reality there are going to be good times, bad times, pain, pleasure, ups and downs, highs and lows, agonies and ecstasies. Loving humanity, there will be no ecstasy and no agony. In fact, loving humanity is a way of avoiding human beings. It is because you can´t love human beings that you start loving humanity just to deceive yourself.
Osho, The Wisdom of the Sands, Vol. 1, Talk #6