The Virtue of Kindness

Aristotle, Nietzsche, Gandhi, the Buddha, and Jesus Christ these are just a few who have extolled the virtue of kindness.

Meher Baba considered God to be synonymous with kindness.

Mark Twain called "kindness [a] language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

Robert Louis Stevenson said kindness was "the essence of love."

Judaism teaches that "the world is built on kindness."

The 14th Dahli Lama famously declared "My religion is simple. My religion is kindness."

So what is your religion? Is it kindness? Is it something you think about from time to time? Or is is something you make a concerted effort to integrate into your every waking moment?

I wish I could answer that last question in the affirmative, but like most people, I know I could always be kinder than I am. I work on it, but not every waking moment. It’s not something I devote my life to, even though I admire those who do.

— Boz