Just. Be. Kind.

There is really only one way to advance humanity. There is only one way this species can become something great, beyond just a lifeform with advanced cognitive skills. The only way is if we all learn that kindness is the greatest power a human can possess. Kindness can affect the whole world: every person, animal species, and even the planet. Kindness, compassion, and love are at the core of our greatest achievements and potential. People can become more than pettiness, greed, and ego. Humans have the capabilities to be great, I’ve seen it; but I’ve also seen the dark side as well. Perhaps seeing this dark side since I was born has contrasted it in my mind forever. It’s shown me the light, what all of us can be. Beautiful people are everywhere, but it’s not skin deep. They’re people who truly help, listen, and make this world a better place. They’re people who take the time to question their triggers and decide a better course of action. They’re self disciplined enough not to lash out, take what they want, and hurt others for their own ego. Anyone can make this world a better place, even with small acts of kindness.

I’ve faced death countless times, and many friends have died too young. Life is precious, fragile, and fleeting. If there’s one thing I should’ve said in my final post, it’s to be kind to everyone you meet. So I’m saying it now. If you’re lucky enough to live a long life, what will you think about when you’re old? If you spend time around older people, you’ll see that they reminisce a lot. What will you remember? I will hopefully look back on my life and be proud of myself for the love I gave to others. I’ll hopefully be glad that I chose love over hate in all aspects. This is your legacy. Kindness is what matters. Everything else fades… nice cars, possessions, bank accounts, trophies, physical appearance… We can’t take those things with us when we die. When you face death, you will be alone with this truth, you will be alone with the reality of how you lived. Of course everyone makes mistakes, we are human. I hope I learn from mine. I hope my mistakes make me a better person. Do you have a beautiful soul? Do you have the lessons of love and kindness to take with you to the next life?

Humans can evolve when we truly learn to treat others as they wish to be treated. It shouldn’t take someone getting severely abused to learn that. I think some people don’t learn this lesson because they repeat painful cycles and expect to be treated badly. We all deserve love and kindness. Why would you want to hurt someone? There are so many ways to inflict pain, but in the end you’re inflicting it on yourself as well. The only way to evolve humanity is to be kind. The secret of kindness is to be kind to yourself. We are all connected. If you’re being kind to yourself, you are being kind to others. Kindness and compassion saves us all. It’s the meaning of life; it’s how you find the light. I don’t know if we’ll ever get there, but I see what we can be. Peace.

Image credit: University of Leicester

Turn the Page A song by The Streets

That’s it, turn the page on the day, walk away
‘Cause there’s sense in what I say
I’m forty-fifth generation Roman
But I don’t know ’em or care when I’m spitting
So return to your sitting position and listen
It’s fitting, I’m miles ahead and they chase me
Show your face on TV then we’ll see, you can’t do half
My crew laughs at your rhubarb-and-custard verses
You rain down curses but I’m waving your hearses driving by
Streets riding high with the beats in the sky
All stare, eyes glazed, garage burnt down
The fire raged for forty days and in forty ways
But through the blaze they see it fade
The sea of black, the beaming heat on their faces
Then a figure emerges from the wastage
Eyes transfixed with a piercing gaze
One hand clutching his sword raised to the sky
They wonder how, they wonder why
The sky turns white, it all becomes clear
They felt lifted from their fears
They shed tears, in the light after six dark years
Young bold soldiers, the fire burns, crackles and smolders
Five years older and wiser
The fires are burning, on fire, never tire
Slay warriors in the forests, and on higher we sing
Hear the strings rising, the war’s over, the bells ring
Memories fading, soldiers slaying, looks like geezers raving
The hazy fog over the bullring, the lazy ways the birds sing
A new baby’s born everyday, few men may be scorned today
But look at things the other way cause it may well be your final day
And then crowds roar, they slay, they all say
I produced this using only my bare wit
Give me a jungle, a garage beat, and admit defeat
Use war and past injuries, my metaphor is simile
Get all applications in to me before the deadline
‘Cause it’s a fine line between strife full time and a life of crime
But you will reach the day
And it’s all mine, you can take it or leave it
I shake and reveal stage tricks like Jimi Hendrix
In the afterlife gladiators meet their maker
Float through the wheat fields and lakes of blue water
To the next life from the fortress
Away from the knives and slaughter, to their wives and daughters
Once more before the Lord judges over all of us
It’s in this place you’ll see me
Brace yourself cause this goes deep
I’ll show you the secrets to sky and the birds
Actions speak louder than words
Stand by me, my apprentice
Be brave, clench fists

Songwriters: Michael Geoffrey Skinner

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