Always try to be a genuinely kind human being

Sophie Davies

Editor-in-chief

(April 16, 2015)  There’s no way for me to say this without sounding like an overly cheery and optimistic kindergarten teacher, so I’m just going to say it: I don’t think there is  anything more important in life than being a genuinely kind human being. I have never seen the point in being mean to people, especially without provocation. There’s nothing to gain from it. Sure, maybe a laugh from your friends at the expense of another or a small surge of power – but in the grand scheme of things, does that really matter? No. You are doing nothing beneficial for the world. You have no idea what that person is going through, and what impact your comments may or may not have. Each person takes things differently, and there is no way of knowing if there is a topic he or she is particularly sensitive about. So the solution? Maybe try being a decent person.

I think a checklist for being a nice person can be boiled down to a few golden rules: help and respect others when you can, don’t discourage other’s passions or interests, and, of course, treat others the way you would want to be treated. Yes, these are cheesy, child-like things to say, and maybe it’s coming off as placating. But that is not my intention. I just think that, as a whole, we all could use a little more kindness in our lives (God, I sound like a Disney movie).

Helping and respecting others are two easy tasks that many seem to struggle with on a daily basis. I’m not saying you should go out and volunteer at every soup kitchen you can; there are all sorts of ways to accomplish this. Try assisting a struggling classmate in a subject you’re good at, or not constantly talking back in an attempt to be funny. More often than not, it is not funny, just mildly to majorly annoying or hurtful.

Honestly, one of my biggest pet peeves is when I hear someone putting someone else down because of something they like. This is especially true if it’s something they are really, really into, or they haven’t really discussed with anyone else. Think about it: this person felt comfortable enough with you to share one of their dreams, hopes, desires, and all you gave them in return was scorn. Unless they believe they can fly and are planning to test it out after school or something, there is absolutely no reason to insult or in any way try to impede on their passions. These exchanges often happen between atheists, and those who are religious; while you may not believe in their opinion, they may have a particular passion for it. Neither of you is going to be able to change the other’s views, nor is there any reason to try. Nothing good can come of it.

Finally, treat others the way you wish to be treated. I mean, for all I know, you want to be treated like the scum of the earth. Personally, I don’t, so I don’t treat others like they are. Simple, no?

Too often in today’s society, kindness is viewed as a sign of weakness. I am not sure where this notion came from, as being nice has nothing but beneficial outcomes.

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