I love this short video with its message about kindness. The speaker is legendary television producer John Llyod whose credits include: Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder. The design and animation are by TOGETHER.
The video is one of the RSA Shorts, a series which aims to provide snapshots of big ideas. The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, usually know simply as The Royal Society of Arts) was founded in 1754 and past members include Benjamin Franklin and Charles Dickens.The RSA describes itself as: ‘an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative and creative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to harness the extraordinary amount of untapped creative potential in society – by empowering people to be active participants in creating a better world.’
I can well imagine that enhanced levels of kindness would make the earthly space we all share a far finer place. When it comes to describing kindness the definition I like best is Aristotle’s, he said: ‘Kindness — under the influence of which a man is said to “be kind” — may be defined as helpfulness towards some one in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped.’
I cannot think of one solitary downside to kindness. Without a flicker of doubt when I look back on my life the people I remember with the greatest fondness are those who extended kindness to me when I was most in need of it.
I would like to be kind, I am sometimes but not consistently. So my project for December is to try to be kinder, not in a random-acts-of-kindness way but just generally as I go about my daily life.