Let’s start with this: Kindness matters. If we weren’t sure about that, we could check the greeting card aisle at Target, or we could read those posters at any elementary school, the ones with oversized letters that say, “Be Kind.”
That’s great and all, but kindness actually matters even when you aren’t learning about sharing the safety scissors.
Kindness is not squishy, it is not boring, and it is not weak. Kindness has power. Hang on, I’ll explain. But first, a story about a comments section.
I read an article the other day that basically said, “Hey, y’all? THIS PERSON over here is being treated awfully by THAT GROUP over there.”
The group, in this case, had more power, and the person was standing with others who had less. I’m sure you can hardly imagine this dynamic, but there you have it. People with power treating others badly.
In the comments section of the article, several people piped up to defend the group-behaving-badly. Their argument went like this: “Well, if YOUR TEAM were attacking OUR TEAM, you probably would have done the same thing. You might even have been worse!”
Okay. Friends. For one thing, there are no teams. We are the team. It’s all of us together.
And for another thing, this is why the golden rule is not, “Do unto others what you suspect they might do to you if given the chance.” The golden rule is, in fact, kind of the opposite of that.