I found this piece a little while ago, and looking at the date now, I wish I had’ve seen it much earlier than I did. Nevertheless, the content is still as truthful and accurate as the day he said it and something that I wholeheartedly agree with. Josh Radnor seems like such an amazing person in so many ways. We need more kindness and compassion in the world. It’s the only thing that matters, and not just in Hollywood.
Here’s a little excerpt by Josh Radnor on Kind Over Matter found in the LA Times Magazine, 2008. If you want to read the whole article, please click the image above.
It really shocks me when I encounter people who think kindness doesn’t matter. Because I think it’s pretty much the only thing that matters. This should not be mistaken as a call for humorlessness or some naive, fussy moralizing on my part. It’s not about being “good” (a loaded concept, to say the least) or “nice,” which is really just a social convention that often has to do with worrying about being liked (occasionally masking real deviousness). It’s ultimately about compassion, recognizing that all of us are going through it all in our own particular way, no matter our social status.
It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even—or rather, especially—when we’d prefer not to be. For me, it’s simple and not entirely unselfish: When I’m kind, I feel good; when I’m not, I feel horrible.
I believe our thoughts and words are powerful far beyond what we suspect, that they carry some sort of mysterious heft that ripples outward, like the tiny flap of the butterfly wings causing a hurricane. Our planet is being despoiled in a myriad of provable ways, but might our unkind words be contributing on some level?
Consider it: What if we began to view unkindness as air pollution of the most toxic variety? Would we think twice before sending ozone-depleting nastiness from our lips into the atmosphere?
No one is more worthy than others of our kindness. Share love and compassion equally without reason or ulterior motive. Everyone’s journey is different and everyone is fighting their own battles and demons, always, always be kinder than necessary, because you don’t know how much it can change a person’s day – or life.