I Believe in HumanKIND

(I wrote this post in 2013 and it’s even more true for me today.)

I believe that the biggest problem facing the world is that there is far more pain, loneliness, and suffering than there is kindness.

I believe that as more people learn how interconnected we all are and get more aligned with the goodness within themselves, greater kindness in action will naturally occur.

Every act of kindness, and every person who learns of their interconnection and goodness, has the potential to ease much pain, loneliness, and suffering, so it is one of my goals to continue attempting to spread the word in every interaction I have.

Around the globe many millions of people are doing the same.

I don’t believe that it is a coincidence that the last four letters of the word “Humankind” spell the word “Kind.” The answer to so many of our ills is even in the description of ourselves. We just need to BE kind; to BE love in action.

We already know the solution. Now, much like the need to blanket the world with inoculations against terrible diseases, we need to keep spreading the light until the darkness of apathy, neglect, greed, and violence, have no place to hide and are eradicated.

Will total global success occur in my lifetime? No. But I believe that progress is being made every day.

The problems are huge and daunting, but I believe in the greatness of the spirit within humankind to continue to gradually overcome them.


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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19 Responses to I Believe in HumanKIND

  1. ksbeth says:

    and i could not agree more, russ –

  2. I believe in the greatness of that spirit too Russ.

  3. JanBeek says:

    To be kind … one of the nine fruits of the spirit … is a daily quest. Your take on it is “spot on.” Humankind’s survival depends on it!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Jan. Our world is made better by kindness millions of times each day. I believe the quality of our lives every day depends on it, and believe you do too.

  4. and when we focus on our spirit, allowing it to be that which guides us, we make this world a place where we can all find happiness! ❤

  5. Mrs. P says:

    I have to share a story with you. I was getting out of the car with one of my clients as we were headed in to Paneras for lunch. A vet with a cane, clean and seemingly sober hesitantly asked from a bit of a distance if I would be willing to help a vet. Knowing that some panhandlers only want their next drink, I asked what type of help he was looking for and he replied a few bucks for food. I told him I wouldn’t give him money but I’d be happy to buy him lunch and said if he was interested to come along inside. To which he did. My friend/client was a bit surprised but she’s quite a benevolent type and I knew it wouldn’t put her off. I proceeded to help him with his lunch while she ordered hers and got a table. After buying him lunch I let him know that I was here for a meeting so he would have to eat on his own, which he understood. He was very grateful, we talked while we waited for food to be made and departed ways. As I joined my friend she was blown away at my spontaneous act of kindness and I told her it just felt right with this guy. I couldn’t help but think of your post as I said goodbye to the vet and recommended that my friend take a look at it…she’s got a lot of personal problems and for a moment, she was able to look past them and see the effects of a kind act given a stranger. It was a win/win for everyone. 😀

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful story, Mrs. P. I’m grateful to you for helping the man in the way you did. You made the world brighter with your choices, and touched my heart. I’m delighted that the post may have lightened the heart of a friend carrying a heavy load.

  6. tunisiajolyn84 says:

    Yup! Kindness can be so transformative, even if it’s simply smiling at a “stranger.” You never know how much that one little action affect someone’s day, week — maybe even life.

  7. Mél@nie says:

    excellent article, Russ, as usually… 🙂 in French, we say:”it costs nothing to be nice(kind), but it can bring (you) over alot… this is the word-by-word translation! 🙂
    * * *
    hi – hola from La Palma Canary island! 🙂

  8. The world could do with more kindness, although we often forget that there is a lot of kind people around already

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