Why writers need to practice kindness

or — dealing with criticism as a writer part 1

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Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.

The kinder and the more thoughtful a person is, the more kindness he can find in other people. Kindness enriches our life; with kindness mysterious things become clear, difficult things become easy, and dull things become cheerful.

You should respond with kindness toward evil done to you, and you will destroy in an evil person that pleasure which he derives from evil.

A person becomes happy to the same extent to which he or she gives happiness to other people.

The will of God for us is to live in happiness and to take an interest in the lives of others.

Why cynicism is the opposite of kindness

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The spirit of greed and theft has stifled the spirit of kindness and generosity in every heart and has driven into oblivion the great knowledge which you alone, of all who were born on this unhappy earth, now possess.

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead … almost the whole of our actions and desires are bound up with the existence of other human beings … We eat food that others have grown, wear clothes that others have made, live in houses that others have built … The individual, if left alone from birth would remain primitive and beast-like in his thoughts and feelings to a degree that we can hardly conceive.

A [wo]man’s value to the community depends primarily on how far his[/her] feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of [others] … It looks at first sight as if our estimate of a [wo]man depended entirely on his[/her] social qualities.

And yet … it is clear that all the valuable things, material, spiritual, and moral, which we receive from society can be traced back through countless generations to certain creative individuals.

I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves … The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

Why kindness matters to writers

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As a writer you should not judge. You should understand …

In every bit of honest writing in the world … there is a base theme. Try to understand [wo]men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a [wo]man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love … Try to understand each other.

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Jan Fortune

Editor, author, feminist & part-time nomad. Helping others develop their writing life and practice. Blog @ https://janfortune.com/