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Failures of Kindness

Failures of Kindness

The inimitable George Saunders delivering words of wisdom and provocation at Syracuse’s 2013 commencement:

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly.  Reservedly.  Mildly.

Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope:  Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?

Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.”

Man. For some reason that gives me goose bumps.

Read the whole thing and feel something new — perhaps. 

 

 

 

Can everyone who dismissed @rosemcgowan now do the right thing and go fuck themselves?

MEN: if you are on here tomorrow, I urge you to AMPLIFY our voices. Call on your brothers to be better, go after ones who won’t. #ROSEARMY

You helped kill the Roy Price exposé. I know what you did. You and your “paper” are a huge part of cesspool Hollywood @THRMattBelloni https://t.co/2PTWpMsaM7

Although I wasn't one of his victims, I was eternally banned by CAA for speaking out against #HarveyWeinstein #rape https://t.co/8giwNkrC5t

I just published “Moving your data out of MongoDB just so you can run queries on it makes my head hurt.” https://t.co/4KD99rUrPo

New Case Study: US Mobile Uses @SlamData to Close #NoSQL #Analytics Gap https://t.co/0O9xi26So4

You have to work hard to be this lame > @NikonUSA Picked 32 Photographers to Promote a Camera. All 32 Were Men. https://t.co/m3Jdwjva7z

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/czpnPJuPD2

When blockchains can execute smart contracts & only the singers know what they do—well, that'll be interesting.

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Security blunders like Equifax will be the downfall of industry & lead to secure, reliable software... https://t.co/HAsv9mdkKr

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