Weary of war in Afghanistan, I came home to the States sick of cruelty and war. I began studying the writings of Gandhi, Jesus, the Dalai Lama, MLK, Desmond Tutu, Mother Theresa and Robert F. Kennedy (among others). What I found is that all great leaders advocated for kindness and compassion. As both a veteran and a psychologist, I became determined to devote the rest of my life to promoting peace and kindness.
This blog examines the role of kindness in the many areas of our life and is particularly timely given the very uncivil nature of this year’s presidential race. Post include kindness at home with our family; at work amongst our colleagues, on the road driving, in religion, and even examine the role of kindness in politics. This blog is written to examine kindness from the individual level to larger areas of life, eventually demonstrating how kindness taken to its logical conclusion leads us towards nonviolence.
I believe we can do better in our country. Research says that when we teach children empathy that we not only increase acts of kindness but we also decrease acts of violence. So why do we not teach empathy in our schools? We honor the words of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr one day each year but then ignore his teachings the other 364 days.
Then we wonder why violence is so common.
Why do we not teach non-violence and peace in every school grade, in every house of worship, in our entertainment, and in our political speeches, every week of the year? We get what we work toward, it’s time we worked toward a kinder, more compassionate world.