We Are All Born Kind

December 14, 2023

A young change maker who believes in creating a brave space to talk about the issues that matter. I have the vision to create a circle of change where we can employ relational and interdependent approaches to inspire and uplift each other in bringing meaningful changes to society. I am a strong advocate of the Ubuntu philosophy which says, “I am because we are”. With me, you can have discussions about mental health to address your psychological and emotional turbulence because we all share the universal language of emotions, and also have conversations on human rights to create a universal bond that connects humanity. In my opinion, we need active and engaging conversations on different issues that have tarnished our society, otherwise, they will remain overlooked, and normalized concerns in our parochial society. As an aspiring bureaucrat, I am on a self-exploratory journey of identifying my roles and responsibilities more than my rights and privileges in society.

This story took place in India

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“Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible” – Dalai Lama 

Many of us are kind without even knowing it because it is the simplest attribute that we carry. We don’t need to be calculative and rational to show kindness towards others which can be the case when you are influenced by the emotions like suspicion, jealousy, and manipulation. And, still, the world witnesses a lack of kindness and compassion. The answer to this irony lies in one of the interviews of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, where he beautifully mentioned that “Our human nature has been distorted.” Society has pushed our thinking to be self-centred but we should actually be thinking of the collective.

Kindness is considered to be a luxury because the societal belief that the entire world is ‘red in tooth and claw’, and everyone is merely busy defeating others. This sentiment can never be entirely true because if a war-prone area is exemplifying the ruthlessness of troops, it is also the place where organizations like the Red Cross are showing impeccable examples of kindness and compassion. The world will always look dark and gloomy if you judge your life with a “glass half-empty” mindset, as opposed to a “glass half-full” mindset.”In rethinking the false beliefs and stereotypes about kindness, a world full of kindness emerges from our perceived lack of knowledge about ourselves and the world around us. We may focus on others’ ideas and ways of behaving but will never give time to our ideas and perceptions. We may read a whole book of great philosophers but will never work on our philosophies. Why are we not able to understand that if we are having emotions like grief, sadness, frustration, envy, arrogance, and selfishness, we are also a reservoir of joy, happiness, kindness, compassion, politeness, and selflessness? 

Kindness for others begins when we are kind to ourselves when we realise that we possess positive attributes and, most importantly, when we start accepting ourselves and our life the way it is. 

Being kind to ourselves does not include becoming selfish and self-obsessed, but self-kindness entails recognizing the real meaning of our existence, which does not mean following a pyramid of achievements but achieving a true sense of satisfaction. Therefore, a journey of acquainting ourselves with our true selves is essential to bring out kindness for others.

A self-realization process will not only make us aware of our hidden kindness but will also help in adopting a wider perspective on life, the perspective that emphasizes that “without love, there can never be grief.This way, we can show kindness to ourselves by processing our pain effectively and experiencing joy in the process.

Unless we have self-compassion, we can never show kindness to others. Psychologist, Kristin Neff, also mentions that when we treat ourselves with compassion, we begin a true process of discovering a world full of kindness because kindness has to be felt within our soul to be felt for others. 

Let’s cultivate “the art of introspection” to bring out a world full of kindness around us!

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