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Kindness: Where Have All the Good Guys Gone?

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Maybe it’s just been a bad stretch. But, honestly, have you noticed how many news stories there are about people who just aren’t very nice?

Take this week, for example. I’m sure you’ve seen the video clip of ESPN reporter Britt McHenry laying into a towing company employee responsible for releasing her vehicle back to her. Who among us hasn’t had an experience like this that we did not enjoy? Being pulled over for speeding. Or getting a parking ticket we didn’t think we deserved. We’ve all been there in some version of this, and had our tempers challenged.

But. How do you let yourself demean another human being doing her job? What satisfaction is there to be gained by hurling soul-damaging insults at another person?

“Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?” 

That’s just mean. Downright. Mean.

What about kindness and the Golden Rule?

“One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.”

We all learned that in pre-school and kindergarten. And Luke 6:31:

Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

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And also this week. The Texas veterinarian who posted a picture of a cat she shot through the head with a bow and arrow. Her post on Facebook: ”My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s head! Vet of the year award … Gladly accepted.” 

Even if the cat had been feral – some are claiming it wasn’t, and was actually a lost cat whose owners had been looking for him – how is this something to publicly brag about?

I will never understand how anyone can take pleasure in the hurt, suffering or misery of another living being.

Is there more of this kind of thing today than ever? Or do we simply have the means to witness it more often because of social media and the fact that security cameras are everywhere?

It would be nice to think that is the reason, that our world isn’t actually being taken over by mean people.

Some days, it’s hard to know.

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