Slow Sunday: Being kind
I started to write a post about showing humanity, being authentic, being human. But on the way my emphasis changed. I know that being human comes with the dark sides. Sometimes it's very human to hurt others, to make the person next to you feel awful, to be unkind. It's in the human nature. As it is in human nature to be violent and passionate, it's also in human nature to push the violence and passion away. Feeling less. When you see suffering, your first response is fear and feeling upset. It makes you lash back, try to force things fixed, or close your eyes. It is in human nature to not be kind. Sometimes, kindness is all we need. Kindness, however, is very personal. It comes with empathy, and empathy makes it intimate. Kindness makes you vulnerable. Impersonal, distant, that's safer.