Another aspect of Kindness I discovered is how worry slowly kills us. Worry is a direct opposite to Kindness, one that kills the love and joy we should experience each and every day.
My personal experience taught me that I had to stop watching/listening to the news. I always suspected that the media wanted to control the narrative, but now I strongly believe that they also want to control the national mood.
The media get their best ratings when they cover tragedy or scandal. And yet, as I grew older I realized that each tragedy or scandal is a repeat of the one before. Only the name and location are changed. The same tired talking heads spout the same lines over and over again. The media gets ratings, their advertisers make money, and no one outside of that sphere of influence is happy in any sense of the word.
Like I said, I can’t be happy if all my time and energy are directed by someone else intent on keeping me worried, miserable, and easy to manipulate. The media follows the old pattern established by religion. Convince everyone that everything is evil or wrong, and then peddle some bullshit that they have a solution that will make everything better if only you totally surrender yourself to them.
Like religion, those who surrender seldom find happiness. They only find refuge from the never-ending torment because they stop recognizing it. This is ignoring the problem without addressing a solution.
Kindness does not involve turning away from problems. Kindness involves dealing with the problems by being kind to those affected. If they choose to surrender, then Kindness is just a gesture. Kindness means giving of yourself to others without the expectation of a return.
Don’t worry about the world, because it never worries about you.
5 things I’m grateful for today:
- My health (such as it is)
- My partner Hal
- Ability to appreciate all the above