In today’s society, we’ve conditioned our minds to be directed in different ways each and everyday. Some of us have let technology disconnect us rather than reconnect us. We forget simple gestures that make up what humanity is. Humanity is an umbrella of things, but I’d like to specifically highlight one of them — kindness.
In The Book Thief, the act of kindness that stood out to me most was the one made by Hans Hubermann. A crowd of Jews were being marched down Himmel Street to Dachau—one of the the first Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany. Among the crowd was a frail, elderly man who was obviously weak and walked much slower than the others. Hans handed him a piece of bread. It was smacked out of the Jew’s hand by a Nazi and he was beaten with a whip for receiving it as was Hans beaten with a whip for giving it to him. Despite him being punished for it, I still found it so inspirational that Hans naturally had it in his heart to provide for a fellow human being who was suffering.
As Lao Tzu said, “Kindness in giving creates love.”
Kindness brings in well being. It also enhances mindfulness. Being kind helps us remember the little things in life. Remembering those little things aid in understanding that they make up the big things and that they aren’t separate.
“Everything we do, even the slightest thing we do, can have a ripple effect and repercussions that emanate. If you throw a pebble into the water on one side of the ocean, it can create a tidal wave on the other side” —Victor Webster