Kindness Is The Greatest Virtue

3 min readMay 1
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Being good is not a conscious act. In fact, it is not an act; it is a no-brainer.

In recent times, I’ve met two different types of people. The first is those who think they deserve accolades or some sort of reward for being good. The second is those who think that being good is only done either as a result to having been done good for or a payment for your kindness to them.

Being good should be a tacit virtue. When we are holding an umbrella and the person beside us is without an umbrella or any sort of protective gear from rain such as a raincoat, our first instinct should be to share so that a fellow human being will not be drenched in rain.

A couple of weeks ago, my car wouldn’t start after I had just finished grocery shopping at Walmart. I could clearly remember approaching up to 8 different people with cars for their assistance. I had a jumper cable and I made it known to them. None of them helped me until the 9th person pulled up across me. He didn’t hesitate the moment I sought for his help. I won’t even bother detailing the different excuses I was given to serve as their reasons for their reluctance to help. It doesn’t matter now. I eventually got the last laugh and the end justified the means.

Besides, everyone is entitled to choose whether to be kind or not. The only thing that got to me that day was the fact that one of the persons I asked for help, who refused to help, wouldn’t listen at first when I told him that parking next to my car in that particular parking space will not do me any good because whoever decides to help me will need to park there in order to jump start my car. This guy insisted on parking in that particular spot and there were several other parking spots. I mean, why are people so evil? It didn’t cost him a dime parking somewhere else. It was already bad enough that he wouldn’t help. Why get in the way of my getting help elsewhere?

Life is so interesting. The more I live, the more horrible people I come across. It is truly a shame. I expressed my appreciation to the gentleman who eventually came through for me. This underscores my point that we weren’t born to be evil.

It always baffles me how the innocence in us as a child gets replaced by evil thoughts towards others as we age.