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Species…words

it doesn’t matter
what species
every living thing
should be treated
with respect
and kindness
EVERY
species
has the right
to LIVE
and not be
seen as food
clothing
or car seats
all of us
should stop
killing each other
for any reason
always
choose
KINDNESS

 

Photo:  Honza Reznik
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Kindness is everything…

Free Be Kind Written on the Person's Forearm Stock Photo

Photo:  Polina Tankilevitch
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Okay, so..life and death.

red roses in bloom during daytime

People re always writing about how precious life is, how wonderful it is to be alive.  I just read something by a physicist the other day, who wrote that very thing.

But the truth is, life doesn’t seem precious, or wonderful, to a lot of people.  Suicide is always on the rise.  Torture, terror, suffering, poverty, war, starvation, no clean water, or medical availability…and all the rest, don’t always make for a precious, or wonderful, life for millions of people.  I’m not saying that people in dire straights aren’t happy, because they certainly can be, but as a whole, I think a lot of humans are afraid and miserable, living on the edge.  Depends on your circumstances, a lot of the times.  Not always, of course.

We have absolutely nothing TO compare life with.  Death might be fantastic.  A new start, away from here.  If the NDE (Near Death Experiencers) are right, and there are a LOT of them, then no one wants to come back here.  They FIGHT to stay on the other side.  So, what’s everyone talking about…this precious and wonderful life?  Again…compared to what?

When you sleep, you don’t long to be awake so you can live your precious life.  You don’t feel anything, unless you have a nightmare.

This isn’t a great place, unless you’re into violence and destruction.  Sure there’s beauty all around us, at least for the moment, until we destroy it.  The Ukraine was beautiful, now it is simply dirt and dead bodies.  That’s what our species does.  And people can argue with that, but it’s still the truth.  There used to be peace time, between wars, until greed took over, now war is a constant.

Horrible things happen to people everyday.  Some fight to stay alive, other say, “I’m done,” and check out.  Still others are afraid to leave, but they’ll go anyway…no choice.

If people really believed that life was precious, or wonderful, they wouldn’t allow wars to exist.  They wouldn’t allow violence against animals, women or children to exist.  It’s only because people don’t really believe that life is precious, or wonderful, that those things are allowed to continue, well, that and the fact that men are in charge and the current belief is that some lives are way more precious than others.

If we believed that life was precious, no one would be hungry, or discriminated against.  Equality would be the only thing that mattered.

Life, like everything else, is relative.  But if life is only precious on a personal basis, then it’s just more of the same.  The real problem is that people don’t like each other.  Not if they don’t think alike.  That, and the fact that greed and power can destroy entire countries and maybe the world itself.  We will never get along, unless something so horrendous happens, that we’re forced to put aside our differences and all ten of us have to work together until it’s over.  Studies have shown that people work well together until a crisis is over, after which they go back to disliking each other agin.  So what hope is there, on a grand scale?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not actually writing about precious lives, I’m just saying that we should stop writing about it, since it’s just another saying, that might be written on a piece of wood.

A couple days ago, a woman went jogging.  They found her body later.  They caught the guy who did it.  He just got out of jail after serving 20 years, for doing the same thing, I guess.  He did it again…right away.  Another dead woman.  Women’s lives aren’t all that precious, or wonderful.  If they were, men wouldn’t keep raping, beating and killing us.

And now…a few words about kindness.

The reason kindness can make some people cry, or is always remembered, is because it’s so rare.  Kindness, is not the norm, so when it happens, people can become overwhelmed.  It’s not that a lot of people aren’t kind…they are…kindness takes place all the time, but it’s usually surprising and people are grateful for it…because it stands out.  If kindness was common, we would take it for granted, like we do everything else. We can’t help doing that, it’s what we are.

This is a weird place to be, and we have made it exactly what it is.

Hey, I’m just sayin’.

 

Photo:  Julia Kadel
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Pass it on…

Photo:  Andrew Thornebrooke
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Love…a poem

pink Love neon signage

to me
LOVE
means
kindness
consideration
and
thoughtfulness
but mostly
kindness
a lot of good things
fall under that heading
so that’s
what I think
we need a LOT more of
KINDNESS
I’m going to start
spreading more of it
around

 

 

 

Photo:  Shaira Dela Peña
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Important message from…someone. a poem

kindness has nothing to do
with political party lines
religion
institutions
gangs
rival teams
or anything else
kindness is acting
from your heart
without thinking
when the need arises
or when a smile
and a hello
happens on its own
KINDNES
is what can
save the world
not love
not prayers
not hope
or good wishes
kindness
because true kindness
has no agenda
or strings attached
it just is

 

Photo:  Sierra Houk
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Love…and what the world needs now.

Friends, Cat And Dog, Pets, Cat, Dog

We need more love in the world.  We need more kindness.  We will never love everyone.  It’s not possible, but I think we can be a bit more kind and polite.  No one can even define what love means.  Ask the billions of people who are divorced about their definitions.

We can be kind to strangers, without loving them.  We don’t have to love people to open a door for them.  Love isn’t something everyone can do, or give, but kindness is. Being polite doesn’t carry any meaning and it’s short term.  We can’t love everyone, and not everyone wants to be loved by others.  That’s an IMPORTANT point.  Many people do not want someone’s love, or attention.  Kindness is a different thing, but even then, people have to be careful not to intrude or over step their bounds.  Every word has its own definition.

We need to be more realistic about what is possible.  Loving everyone is not possible.  It never was and never will be.  We can’t even protect children from their parents.  We can’t actually DO anything, to stop the hatred and violence that is everywhere, so loving everyone is a joke.

We need to come up with better solutions and get real, if we truly want things to change.  We need to forget about loving each other and try for something that’s possible.  Being polite.  Being kind.  And even then…what will we do with those who are filled with hatred and violence?  Those who only want power over others and more for themselves?

Look at it this way.  When someone is simply kind, it can make the news, because it’s that rare.  Think about that.  An act of kindness can be newsworthy, in a world where hatred and violence are the norm.

We need to forget about love and just try to be more polite until we can think of something better.

And, by the way, the cat in the picture could take the dog in a second.  The cat has all the power.  All she has to do is change her mind about being civil, and the dog’s toast.  Just like in human life.  Exactly like in human life.  It’s not the one who has the most toys who wins, it’s the one who has the most power over us.

From: Bored Panda

50 Times Kids Demonstrated Incredible Kindness With These Wholesome Acts (New Pics)

Love and kindness…

woman in gray coat sitting on black chair beside brown and white dog during daytime

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Seeking…

man holding card with seeking human kindness text

what is
HUMAN KINDNESS
is it feeding someone
giving them money
where does it begin
and does it ever end
does it only exist
for other human beings
not the the animals who are
slaughtered
and eaten
worn on the feet
of humans
does it exist
for those we are TOLD
are our
enemies
the people
held against their wills
in detention camps
after having done nothing wrong
their children taken from them
left to die
on cement slabs
does human kindness have
an expiration date
a book of instructions
does it apply to all living things
trees
air
water
bees
plants
and wilderness spaces
and what about
government
bosses
industry
religion
and
schools
is there
HUMAN KINDNESS
in any of those places
that isn’t used for
SELF GAIN
how do people
decide who gets it
and who doesn’t
is health care
homelessness
child abuse
racism
sexism
agism
violence against any group
exempt
the sign
this man is holding
needs to be more specific
because in this day and age
when everything is in the details
no one will know what he
really wants
or what they should give him
maybe
all he wants is a hug

 

Picture by:  Matt Conamer
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