Did you know that a baby’s first instinct is kindness? Michael Tomasello and other scientists at the Max Planck Institute, in Germany, have found that infants spontaneously engage in helpful behavior and will even overcome obstacles to do so. It appears to be the alleviation of other’s suffering that motivates them — whether or not they engage in the helping behavior themselves.
Kindness is our natural and, some might say, divine, spark. Spiritual activists from many religious traditions have stated similar sentiments to that of Paul the Apostle, “…be kind one to another, tenderhearted” …and … “walk in love,” each affirming our essential spiritual nature which expresses the divine Love.
November 13 is World Kindness Day, “a day to look beyond ourselves,” the global organisation contends. The movement affirms that if we’re to progress in human relations and endeavours, if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence, we must focus on what we have in common.Continue Reading