<transcy>“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”</transcy>

A small sentence that, in all its simplicity, has had a huge impact as it says so much. That in our time of unlimited opportunities, choosing to be kind, good and compassionate is not always the easy way. When the current norm is to be tough and independent, choosing to be kind could be viewed as the rebellious way.

So simple in theory; more difficult in practice.

Probably because most of us do not believe that being “kind” is a deliberate choice, but instead something you just *are*. “They are nice” is something we say about someone that we don’t have much to say about. ‘At least we are saying something,’ we might think. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but we also don’t give the sentence any positive value – more a neutral one. Instead, we could just as well say “They are as they are” (namely nothing….)

The word kind is sometimes associated with other words such as naïve, weak, credulous, and even somewhat passive. Or as in the example above: “meaningless” or “uninteresting”. The opposite of smart, tough, critical, active, and meaningful/interesting; the most coveted traits. The traits we learn from early childhood are the ones necessary for survival in this world.

But without eliminating the value of those traits, maybe “kind” (or good) could at least become their friend? Maybe that little word could become so much more.

To be kind in a tough reality requires both courage, integrity, and faith that a better world is possible. As said – it requires a rebel who will not follow the current.

Choices today are plenty, and surely they confuse us grown-ups too? That kids get completely entangled into this web of alternatives is a given. To be kind is probably something we need to practice. Just as we practice writing and counting.

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