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Writer Anne Herbert is said to have written “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat at a Sausalito, California restaurant in 1982. The place mat was found, bumper stickers with the quote followed and communities and radio stations encouraged “Random Acts of Kindness”. A movie “Pay it Forward” had kindness as it’s theme. Herbert’s simple words were exploited for the good, in the American way, commercially. But not enough people get it. As the country wrestles with the senseless act of violence committed in Tuscon last week, the blame game is in full swing, anger and denials from both sides. Pretty soon hings will settle down, until the next atrocity.
In this face off between left and right, one side should blink. Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, all say one thing in common: be gentle to one another, be respectful, be compassionate. For the media and politicians to keep feeding people’s fear creates a society of unlimited potential for violence. It is up to us to yank out the weeds of anger and start cultivating more beauty in our lives, no matter how senseless.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle – Plato
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