I fully expect to be made fun of for this post, but I don’t care. The not caring is the point.
The nightmare that happend in Connecticut last week is unfathomable. Who could shoot a 5-year-old in the face? While reading the story I succumbed to the notion that humans are basically bad. There’s a fundamental design flaw that cannot be overcome. Nothing can be done, as we’re all broken.
Then Ann Curry of NBC News asked her Twitter followers to perform 20 acts of kindness in their own lives, one for each child slain in Connecticut. The idea grew to 26 acts, to include the teachers whose lives were lost. And people started to do it.
What strikes me is that people aren’t restricting their generosity to Newtown. Instead, many have chosen to act in their own neighborhoods. This horrific event has sparked a wave of kindness across the whole country. That’s amazing. Let’s keep it alive.
I want niceness to be cool again. Perhaps I’m getting old, perhaps I’m overacting to the news, but I can’t handle things like hateful political posturing, reality TV shows that glorify conflict and even excessive snark like this:
That’s meanness for the sake of meanness. I wouldn’t want anyone to talk to me, my kids, my wife or my friends that way. You shouldn’t, either. I’m done attending to this type of behavior.
We’re all in this together. Every thing and everyone in this universe is connected. There’s no “us” and “them.” We’re one human family. Something that happens to me affects you and everyone else. Can’t we just be nice to each other? When you’re at Starbucks tomorrow, pay for the person behind you in line. Do one unexpected nice thing. Just one. This unimaginable horror has spawned a wave of kindness. Please, don’t let it die. We can make this spread. We can start tomorrow morning.
In the words of Frank Burns, “It’s nice to be nice to the nice.”