What Matters Most in Life?

16 Oct

I’ve heard it said that the thing that matters most in life is kindness.

Perhaps, in this modern, highly competitive time, many people would either reject this idea outright, decide it’s impractical, or shirk from the realities this concept imposes.

What is kindness? As a child, I was mortified by the saying, ‘You’ve got to be cruel to be kind’, believing then that, whatever the motivation, cruelty in any form was abhorrent.

As an adult, I understand the meaning, but still question its application. If being ‘cruel’ involves coercion into a difficult situation, then in my book the coercer needs to be on very solid ground indeed. Isn’t making a value judgement that effects another person one of the heaviest responsibilities that one can undertake?

In its purist form, kindness embraces such diverse characteristics as generosity, tolerance, gentleness, patience and understanding, to name just a few.

If it’s true that what matters most in life IS kindness, then doesn’t humanity need to cultivate this:  however inconvenient, costly or otherwise it seems?

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3 Responses to “What Matters Most in Life?”

  1. Layne Maria October 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Keep up the quality posts

  2. Sonya Hoggan November 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Wow! Thank you! I constantly wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I include a part of your post to my website?

  3. General Forums November 12, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Very interesting details you have remarked, thanks for putting up. “Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.” by Plato.

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