Driving Miss Crazy

Here’s an excellent article about kindness and driving to read as we head into the weekend.

A Year of Living Kindly

“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.” (Dan Rather) 

Over the last few years of exploring kindness, writing about it, and occasionally talking about it, one of the most frequent comments I encountered from others was along the lines of, “I think I’m a pretty kind person—except when I’m behind the wheel.”

What is it about driving that can turn a pacifist into a warrior, or transform Prince or Princess Charming into Freddy Krueger? As much as it pains me to say it, there are always going to be some people who will be aggressive jerks under any circumstances—and driving just magnifies that jerkiness to cosmic proportions. But there are also kind and good-natured individuals who transform before our very eyes into sneering auto-crats with the vocabulary of a Quentin Tarantino thug.

Clearly, there is no single reason for the metamorphosis that occurs when…

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Words Matter

Here is another excellent piece from the maven of kindness, Donna Cameron. Her entire blog is filled with such wonderful thoughts, expressed so well, that I can’t say enough about it. Go! Read!

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” (Mother Teresa) I’ve always loved words. There’s a magic to the fact that we can take 26 letters, combine them into s…

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What If We Really Cared ?

What if we took to heart the Great Commandments and truly cared for other people, especially the widows, the orphans, the sick, and the prisoners? What would that look like?

What if for-profit insurance had never been allowed for health care? Would we have spread the risks and costs in a more humane and rational way? 

What if providing food and shelter and a truly excellent education for every family were the first priority of every state, rather than a burden each seems to be in a rush to privatize and turn into another profit center for their campaign contributors ?

When everyone is fed, has a good home, and is properly educated, would we still have crime or rampant corruption ?

If education and government policies were driven by science and history and what has been shown to help the maximum possible people with the best long-term effects (rather than magical thinking and Bronze age tribal stories and economic myths that insure we will always have poor people), would the real problems we face seem so unsolvable?

Is it possible that faith in things that can’t be proven should be a private matter, and making them the basis of public education and public policy just makes us unable to even imagine how to fix what is broken ?

What if we really cared more about living children and youngsters and mothers and all women and men who need our help ?

Can you truly claim to be “pro-life” if you only care about the “unborn” ? What about the orphans, the widows, the poor, the homeless, the refugees, the immigrants living among us, and current or former prisoners? Are they not life, as well?

What if we cared more about people and the communities in which we and they live than we did about profit or getting ahead?

What if we really cared?

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