A New Vision of Kindness Starts With Paying Attention
Weekly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being Blog
Published June 11th, 2016
To be fair, being “nice” isn’t really the same thing as being kind. Etymologically, to be “kind” is related to the word “kin” — treating others as we would our own kind, our family, ourselves. In our can-do culture that values competition, individuality, self-discipline, and other related “virtues,” kindness can definitely seem cute and old-fashioned at best, ineffective and inefficient at worst. Or perhaps we dismiss kindness and condescending and self-righteous.
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