We ponder the erosion of the culture of kindness. Some claim kindness is gone from our mainstream culture, especially in big cities.
Authors are publishing books about the rise of a rude culture; our universities are studying it, and professors of psychology and sociology, publishing papers on the end of civility.
Travel through large urban centers as a stranger and you’ll encounter plenty of rudeness. It sometimes seems kindness is, indeed, lost.
I’m always sensitive to this, always wondering if we are losing/have lost kindness toward each other, especially the most vulnerable.
On a recent business trip in Seattle, I was so struck by this open display of kindness at an urban shop, I had to record it.
I didn’t have time to meet the owners, and traffic was so busy, I couldn’t see the business sign, across the street. I believe it was a yoga center or inspirational book store, and regret I didn’t have time to thank the owners for their street art.
Instead, I took a deep breath on a busy street, pondering kindness.