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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. 




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