Why should we extend kindness towards others during a crisis situation, or at all?!

People are asking about ways of extending kindness towards others during the pandemic. This is a nice thought, but what is the reason we should be kind to each other?!

I would like to focus on this “why” we would be extending more kindness towards others during the pandemic, or why we would be kind to others at all.

After all, our inherent nature is self-centered, subjective, and self-protective, we focus on our own survival, well-being all the time, and during times of crisis we have enough on our own plate, to secure our own health, necessities and look after our loved ones. Why would we waste energy and time on others?!

We might do the usual superficial reflex reactions, sending emojis on social media, posting love hearts, and pictures of candles like after terrorist hits or natural disasters. But to deeply, truly care about others and extend real kindness?!

For that, we would need to understand, moreover feel that there are no “others”. We would need to come to a tangible, realistic feeling that Humanity is actually a single, fully interconnected and interdependent organism, and even egotistical I feel and know that my survival depends on how others support me, care for me, and that can’t happen unless I also care for them, help them with their necessities.

When we start to feel ourselves as individual cells of the same body that need to maintain the circulation, communication of the whole organism in order to all of us survive, then we will care for hat happens to the others and will extend kindness not only superficially, temporarily when it is cool to do, but all the time.

And in order to come to such sensation above and against our egotistic, individualistic, distrusting reflexes, instincts, we need a unique, purposeful and practical educational method that can give us this natural feeling, sense of being truly interconnected and interdependent.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.