Saturday, July 9, 2011

Taking Kindness For Weakness.

I have come to the conclusion that chivalry is dead, morality is in line on the cliff to take it's suicidal plunge, and that people who repeatedly perform acts of kindness including forgiving transgressions against them are perceived to be the weakest of human beings, and are treated accordingly.

The Bible, along with other religious books of guidance, instructs us to be kind, to forgive, and to be selfless. It would be interesting to see how many of us actually read these books, and of those that do, actually try to practice their teachings. For those of us who love others, it is only natural to extend kindness to those we love, for instance your brother, friend, spouse, child, or neighbor.  In the same manner that the fact that one loves someone else does not obligate that person to return that love, it is also fair to acknowledge that if kindness is extended towards someone, they are not under any obligation to return that kindness. However, to continuously seek and drain a person of acts of kindness under the fa├žade of  friendship, kin, spouse, or other reason is a self-serving act of cruelty, and demonstrates that the perpetrator is under the impression that the kind person is extremely weak.

It takes a very strong person to repeatedly extend kindness towards someone, or practice deeds and acts of kindness, with rejection and / or rebuttal being their only apparent reward.  What those who mistakenly assume that kindness is a weakness fail to realize is that not only are the kind people that walk amongst us incredibly strong, but they are indeed, extremely Blessed.