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Kindness

Family transformation

 

We are all born helpless.  Without a parent’s kindness we could not survive, much less prosper.  When children grow up in constant fear, with no one to rely on, they suffer their whole lives.  Because the minds of small children are very delicate, their need for kindness is particularly obvious.

Adult human beings need kindness too.  If someone greets me with a nice smile, and expresses a genuinely friendly attitude, I appreciate it very much.  Though I might not know of that person or understand their language, they instantly gladden my heart.  On the other hand, if kindness is lacking, even in someone in my own culture whom I have known for many years, I feel it. Kindness and love, a real sense of brotherhood and sisterhood, these are very precious.  They make community possible and thus are crucial in society.’

(How to Practise – The Way to a Meaning Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, p. 4)

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