Unless we have some noble purpose in life, we will continue to linger in abstract castles and Kafka’s ‘no-man’s-land’. The main purpose in life is to practise kindness. In the contemporary world, we are often afflicted with intrigue, rivalry, dirty manipulation and concealment of facts, character assassination, groupism, patronage to criminals.
The fact is that life is all compromise. If we are kind toward our colleagues and friends, we will be amply rewarded. One yieds a bit here and gets it back elsewhere. If we are kind-hearted, we would be able to create a meeting ground of two extremes.Kindness and lovingothers improves happiness and abates misery by doubling our joy. The following lines substantiate this:
Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.
~Adam Lindsay Gordon
The most valuable thing in life is, as revealed by the greatest romantic poet Wordsworth in his poem Tintern Abbey, to do “little, nameless acts of kindness and love.” We find the great importance of practising kindness in our life in these famous lines by Henry Burton:
Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
'Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
'Til in Heaven the deed appears -
Pass it on.
The terrorist attacks and nightmarish violence testify that we are indifferent to the humane valuesin contemporary world. If we practise kindness in our daily life, it will cleanse the postmodern globalised society from quagmire, doubts and cruelty.
It is not possible to agree with Lenin’s view that armed struggle in one great revolutionary sweep cleans a lot of reactionary dirt. Only by practising kindness , we can create a better world. This is the only way under high heaven to get the best out of life.
It is really very sad and unfortunate that the government recently deployed 5000-1000 police force that was quite cruel to mercilessly beat sleeping little children and women at 1 am in New Delhi during the hunger strike against black money organized by the Yoga icon Baba Ramdev. The same lack of kindness was evident in the futile arrest of Anna Hazare agitating peacefully against the rampant corruption.
It is not important to have full knowledge of love, compassion and kindness. The most important thing for our mental and spiritual growth is that we should do acts of kindness in real life. “Add deeds to your knowledge answerable” (John Milton).