Where is the Love?

It’s a cruel world indeed. There is apathy and impassiveness all over the place. We live in a world where most people seem indifferent to the atrocities and the wrong happening around them.

But then there are some people who restore your faith in humanity with simple acts of kindness. KINDNESS. That is what the world desperately needs at this point in time. We as individuals cannot rid the world of poverty, we cannot solve the water crisis in Africa, we cannot stop terrorism or control unemployment. But I believe we can make a difference by just being kinder to the people around us. If everybody adopts and embraces this philosophy, the world would become a much better place.

Now, we do not need to turn into vigilantes and bash up the bad guys, or engage in philanthropy and social service. However, if you can in any capacity, that would be awesome! If you think you don’t have the time, you can do your bit by just being kind.

I see people behaving like complete a-holes for no apparent reason. To be honest, there are times when I feel like turning into one, and I say to myself –

People are selfish, rude and messed up. Being nice will do me no good.

I have had people telling me that being an utter a-hole is the way to go in today’s cruel world, where people who are nice are taken for a ride. But is that the solution?

Just because you feel that life has been really unfair or people you cared for wronged you or you have been through too much, you don’t have to turn into a bitter, vindictive person. If everybody ends up having such a negative mindset, there would be too much hate in this world. Imagine that! We all have experienced terrible and unpleasant things in the past. And we’ll probably have more of those in the future. That’s life. All we need to do is be strong and learn to deal with our issues in a healthy manner.

Love unconditionally. Have the heart to forgive. Don’t hold grudges. Don’t vent your anger and frustration on someone else. Have the courage to apologize when you feel you have messed up. Keep your ego in check and make amends. Be nice to the people around you and don’t expect anything in return. A good friend once told me, “Good karma never goes to waste.” And I believe that.

Stand up for people who are being treated unfairly. If somebody seems upset, spare a couple of minutes of your time and talk to that person. Spread positivity and make people smile. Simple acts like offering to help a colleague when he or she is struggling with work, or telling a girl that she looks gorgeous can really have a powerful effect. Doing such things can really make somebody’s day. And yours too! Spreading positivity will rid people’s minds of bitterness and resentment. It will give them hope, restore their faith in people and inspire them to be kinder. Also, the joy and satisfaction you’ll derive from making people feel better is just priceless.

Cheers, to a better world!

If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.

– Ellen DeGeneres