Question: Will you help me vision a Kindness Paradigm?
Higgins: Yes. Let’s have a conversation.
Let’s start by having you define kind.
Questioner: Merriam Webster says sympathetic, loving; of a sympathetic or helpful nature; of a forbearing nature: gentle; arising from or characterized by sympathy or forbearance.
Higgins: Give us also the definition of forbear.
Questioner: Again from Merriam Webster, forbear is to do without; to hold oneself back; to be patient.
Higgins: Good. In our definition of kind where the word forbearing is used insert instead patient.
Now define sympathy.
Questioner: Merriam Webster says an affinity, association or relationship between persons or things wherein whatever affects one similarly affects the other; unity or harmony in action or effect; inclination to think or feel alike; the feeling or mental state brought about by such sensitivity.
Higgins: Good. We smile for from general use we feel most of you believe sympathy to by synonymous with ‘feeling sorry for’ and this is an important distinction for our clarification of kindness. Nowhere in kindness is there room to feel sorry for anyone. You will understand this more clearly by remembering there are no victims. Sympathy then is the understanding that what affects one affects another and for one’s own benefit one will want to uplift another or change the way things are for common good. Kindness stems from this understanding and the resulting wanting.
From our perspective then, a Kindness Paradigm for life on Earth is one in which each of you commit words and actions from kindness, kindness being defined as arising from the understanding that what affects one affects another thus nurturing a desire to create harmony through positive word and action.
Let’s continue this conversation in a second entry thus allowing you to absorb the ideas we’ve presented here.
Received March 30, 2013 at Lake Goodwin, USA