“Kindness is fashionable”, says Rachel Roy and I am fully subscribing to the same affirmation. The more technologically developed we become, the more we forget about the true values that characterize our existence. The more people I met, the more I want to enclose myself in a beautiful isolated shell. And don’t get me wrong. I love people. As a matter of fact, I’d love to meet each and every person out there. I love hearing peoples’ stories. I am fascinated by every human experience and even more by the incredible diversity of our stories.
Unfortunately, for all of us, it looks like a better life doesn’t make us better people. Let’s face it. Despite the global political and economical situation, I don’t think people ever lived better than we do nowadays. Yes, I know, it’s a very arguable statement, but if you think a little bit about the level of what an average person can afford today, you will quickly agree with me. As far as I know, never in the history, did such a high percentage of middle class citizens afford the amount of garments, quality and quantity of food, travel, and an overall “more than enough” lifestyle. I don’t think I am old and still when I think about my childhood and what I used to play with and how my mom used to dress me and compared to nowadays kids, I feel like I lived in a totally different and faraway era.
Today…we have too much, I’d say. We are overwhelmed by the material things at the cost of our relationships and our true human values. They get buried and forgotten while we are playing with carefully crafting a social media image that alienates us even more from one another. In this context, I get so fascinated when I meet strangers that blow my mind with their kindness. Strangers, that did not forget who they are and where they are coming from and this is all it takes. If each and every one of us would always acknowledge their roots before they take a decision, or have an attitude, or judge, or vainly praise themselves, I guess our quality of life and relationships of all kinds will improve. The random acts of kindness humble me and make me utterly happy. Happy that they still exist..those good ol’ people that are not afraid or ashamed to live by some old, forgotten standards.