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Lions Roar : May 2014
that love gets turned around, and that’s how you regard others. So if someone has been kind and generous and selfless to you once, you know the possibility exists. you internalize that, and in your future dealings with the world, you assume that’s possible. A couple of months after you gave this speech, it went viral on the Internet. What was your reaction? Surprise, because on the day of the speech it was no big deal. I think about a third of the kids were asleep. It wasn’t a sensation. So I was gratified but mystified. I didn’t quite understand why it had that effect. Actually, I was happy the talk was only eight minutes long, because I could tell a story about a failure of kind- ness and give a little idea of why it happened. If it had been a twenty-minute speech, I’d have been in trouble. At eight minutes, I could sort of say, Hey everybody, be kind! But the next step is real tricky. Let’s say we all resolve to be kind—what do we do? That’s where the real heavy spiritual lifting starts. How do we know in a given situation what would benefit somebody? How do we know that we’re not just being big egotists and intruding when we aren’t needed? The more I think about it, the more complicated it is. It’s like a trap door opens and you get led to the really deep spiritual questions. Since the Reagan era, there’s been a concerted cam- paign to denigrate emotions such as kindness and com- passion—things Margaret Thatcher called “wet”—and promote more “realistic” values such as strength, com- petition, and tough-mindedness. Perhaps the response to your speech means people are hungry now for more kindness in their lives and in our society. PHOTOBykERRyRyANMCFATE,COURTESyPACEgALLERy Rosecrucian Interior Scene, with Lemons, 2010 SHAMBHALA SUN MAy 2014 37