English 1, P.5
6 May 2013
The Essence of Life: Kindness
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” (Mark Twain). Kindness is applicable to everyone, whether it means to be kind to someone, or receive kindness on a daily basis. It reaches out to people. What is kindness? Kindness is what ties the human race together as one. It’s a way of life that benefits everyone in involved. It’s what cheers up a friend after a painstaking day or creates a friendship between two people who were never thought to ever be friends. Sometimes it is a “please” or “thank you”, but other times, it can change a life forever. Kindness is not talking behind someone’s back or saying rude remarks. Kindness is genuine, unique, and is life-changing to the world and its people. Kindness is everything. Kindness is not artificial, fake, or unreal. It is a genuine goodwill to everything that makes up the earth, including nature and the people around it. In my opinion, kindness can be tied to another topic altogether-hypocrisy. Many people say that they adore nature, but toss there repulsive garbage here and there. Someone will say that they are a kind person, when the truth is, is that they aren’t truly being kind. Again, they are not being genuine, the most important trait of kindness. Are they making a difference in someone’s life, or changing the world for a better? No. I’m not saying there actions are negative, but I do feel that people need to step up. Another Richards 2
act of hypocrisy that ties to kindness is being very polite to someone, but right when getting out of their presence, saying bad remarks about them. This obviously shows that that politeness was genuine. Therefore, in this case it is not an act of kindness. This does not mean that being polite is not an act of kindness, but when it is tied to hypocrisy, then is usually is. There can also vast differences between what really is kindness, and what is...