|“The average dog is nicer than the average person,” Andy Rooney|
Among the scores of subjects, reflections, reminiscences covered in the five hour lunch yesterday with my old friend at La Closerie des Lilas, was the notion of “kindness.”
We agreed, anyone would be an idiot not to appreciate it when applied directly toward them, but both of us have known many individuals who find kindness or “niceness” a character flaw or perhaps an indication of a lower form of intelligence.
Some feel kindness is weakness instead of strength. Neither of us confuses kindness with sappiness or manipulation or any of the “what’s in it for me?” shams that sometimes pass for the real thing.
It is so easy to give and so lovely to receive.
Our conversation therefore gives me yet another occasion to thank you for your incredible kindness. You have no idea how much it means to me. Truly, you do not.
This morning Bob e-mailed me the following link:http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/06/05/how_kindness_built_civilization/
If ever there has been quality-added herein, I think you may agree this study is perhaps the best ever. It’s all about the rewards — and intelligence — of being “nice.”
(Lunch was great fun, the years melted away and except for the throbbing baby toe on my left foot –which I probably broke racing around trying to pull together the perfect wardrobe in my bare feet — it was a perfect day.)