BEING KIND IS TAKING A STAND: “The Power of Kindness” by Piero Ferrucci

“Being kind is taking a stand. By itself, it might not help:

Maybe our kindness will be ineffective. The money we send to alleviate hunger might be unwisely used. Helping an old lady across the road does not eliminate poverty in a faraway country. And for every plastic bottle we pick up on the beach, another ten will be tossed down tomorrow. Never mind. We have affirmed a principle, a way of being.

Just as important is to realize that microcosm is macrocosm: Each person is the whole world. As many mystics and visionaries have pointed out, each individual, in some subtle and mysterious way, embodies all people. If we can bring some relief and well-being to just one person’s life, this is already a victory, a silent, humble response to the suffering and pain of the planet.

This is the starting point.”

From The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life by Piero Ferruci

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