Kindness Is Always The Right Response

Today’s Daily Stoic Meditation outlines how sincere kindness is the correct response, no matter the situation.

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“Kindness is invincible, but only when it’s sincere, with no hypocrisy or faking. For what can even the most malicious person do if you keep showing kindness and, if given the chance, you gently point out where they went wrong — right as they are trying to harm you?”

— MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 11.18.5.9a

Kindness Is Always The Right Response

What Is Kindness?

Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

It’s a behaviour that many of us are taught to adapt from youth, and, if we practice it often enough, should stick with us till old age.

Kindness, alongside generosity and positivity, is the type of thing that can land you great jobs, great relationships and much more.

It is a wonderful virtue.

The Two Types

There are two types of kindness outlined in the above quote by the great Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius.

  1. Insincere kindness
  2. Sincere kindness

Kindness is not so straightforward as it seems.

Many people practice insincere kindness, in order to further their agendas and get things out of people.

Not so many practice sincere kindness: but it is this type of kindness that is valued.

Insincere Kindness

Insincere kindness can be seen as a version of flattery.

Insincere kindness is when you are nice to people, but with a selfish, ulterior motive behind it.

Perhaps you compliment somebody, but it is only because you want a complement back.

Perhaps you do someone a favour, but it is only as you want a favour back.

Insincere kindness is fake kindness. It does nothing but harm the situation.

Many people know when your kindness is fabricated, and so, you must work to practice the other type of kindness, sincere kindness.

Sincere Kindness

Sincere kindness could be classed as the ‘good’ type of kindness, while insincere kindness is the ‘bad’ type of kindness.

Sincere kindness is when you act kindly simply from the good of your heart. You expect nothing in return, yet treat people with generosity and care anyway.

Sincere kindness is invincible, for it is genuine and comes from the heart.

Practice sincere kindness, rather than flattery or hypocrisy.

When sincere kindness radiates from your being, when it radiates through all your actions and thoughts, even the most malicious person will simply give up, as kindness is invincible.

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