Kindness

I think kindness is an almost transcendent value and one that seems to have been substantially lost in the world of social media. Kindness and everything that kindness entails—listening, respecting, being polite, recognizing other people as other people, rather than as projections of yourself. Will it save the world? Probably not. The world is always in danger of ending. But given that the larger situation of the world is essentially hopeless, it’s important to look for hope in other places. I think hope and kindness are almost always found in the same place. When someone is kind, it gives me hope. And when I have hope, I’m able to be kind. That was a profound although possibly erroneous statement.

Jonathan Franzen

Vi är som människor utkastade i en gåta. Vi vet inte varifrån vi kom. Vi vet att vi förvandlas till mull och aska. Det mest meningsfulla som kan sägas är den enkla livsslutsats som Eyvind Johnson nådde fram till: vi bör vara hyggliga mot varandra i denna vår enda existens.

Hans Bergström, ledare i DN, 2009-01-09

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