On being kind

Published: 4/22/2021 9:07:16 AM

It is springtime, which brings back memories of my idealistic youth. But perhaps, idealism springs eternal? In what follows, I express to the Recorder editors and readers some idealistic views on kindness through the words of others.

On a marquee outside of an Ashfield Church (which prompted this letter): “Kind atheists are closer to Jesus than mean Christians.”

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” — Fred Rogers

“Love’s in need of love today; Don’t delay. Send yours in right away. Hate’s goin’ round, breaking many hearts. Stop it please, before it’s gone too far.” — Stevie Wonder

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” — Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (similar sentiments are tenets of almost all world religions)

“Even the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference in the world.” — Dr. Martin Luther King

“When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” — Buddha

“The world is based on three things — on the Torah, on the service of God, and upon acts of loving-kindness.” (Pirkei Avot 1:2) — Shimon the Righteous

“Let’s change the way we treat each other.” — 2Pak

“Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.” — Cheyenne proverb

“Come on, people now; Smile on your brother; Everybody get together; Try to love one another right now.” — The Youngbloods

Isn’t it time that we get back in touch with our common humanity? Be kind, be kind, be kind.

Peter Rosnick



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