Monday, November 14, 2005

Kindness

Kindness, n. A brief preface to ten volumes of exaction.

2005 Update: The inspiration for a troubled conscience.

Thanks, friends, for the big blog birthday bash. Which of you put laundry soap in the pond?

38 comments:

Semisweet1 said...

Doug,
You are going to have a tough time putting this one over, particularly after the weekend's saccharin display of warmth towards you and by you. "Titrating my own cynicism?" What a sham.

Kindness, n: To not call a big ol' bluff.

Minka said...

kindness,n: a lie against nature´s instincts

I think it was Kant who said that we all are selfish at heart and any act of kindness is really done to reward our inner self, from which we derive pleasure.
Regradless, I enjoy kindness and if I am happy, I pretty much don´t mind if the giver of kindness is happy as well. It is actually quite great.
What I am not happy about: I had the chance to be first on your comment section today and while I was thinking of a definition, semisweet interfered ;)

Minka said...

So I have decided to just comment twice, for no apparent reason but as an act of kindness towards me :)

Semisweet1 said...

Sorry, Monika. Doug is teaching me how to go without sleep. He is the Yoda of insomniacs, and I am Luke Sleepwalker.

karma said...

don't know about the laundry soap, but i'm the one who iced your birthday cake with shaving cream. was that the unkindest cut of all?

Doug said...

S, sometimes the concentration's a little higher than others.

Monika, don't you mind that candymaking clown, I sez you're first. Kant? I should have got more sleep.

Karma, I swear, you're Durga made flesh (again.)

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Kindness,n., An attitude. A manifestation of love. An underrated and underused philosophy of life. Mark Twain said that it is a "language the deaf can hear, the blind can see, and the mute can speak."

So, the soap in the pond was a bad thing? Huh! Well, in that case, not me.

What about the gasoline in the toilet? Good? Bad? Of course, that wasn't me neither. I didn't do nothin'.

pia said...

I think that kindness is a way underrated virtue but one that seems to have be masked in cynicism or sarcasm to be approved

Minka said...

Semisweet can I be Han Solar abscence? I mean it is pretty hard to tell if it is day or night anyway where I am!

Minka said...

I meant to write absence!!!

Doug said...

TLP, the gasoline in the toilet turned out to be a kindness.

Oh, Pia, you're testing me. *stiffly* Thank you and I agree with you as usual.

Monika, did you also mean Han Solo?

Sar said...

Recipe For Kindness

1 part benevolence
1 part thoughfulness

Best served warm and unsolicted with a healthy dash of sweetness.

Sar said...

Btw, TLP...

that Mark Twain.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

It's hard to be amusingly cynical about kindness yes?

Kindness:
Easier to define than what is true and but more likely to increase you good karma points.



Or one who allows another to call herself a celebrity guest poster without rolling his eyes.

Doug said...

Sar, if you add a dash of bitter chocolate you can make one of semisweet's marshmallows, too.

Alice, I call you that myself in perfect sincerity. Especially since surprise guest poster is out. ;-)

dddragon said...

I'll be Princess Leia if I can eat the cinammon buns instead of wearing them.

Jamie Dawn said...

True kindness is an endangered species.

LeesahEm. said...

kindness-acts of good will with only the teensiest expectation for something in return.
I didn't do the laundry soap, but I may have thrown up in the sink. :)

Doug said...

Sure, Dddragon, and you can keep them warm in your hair.

Jamie Dawn, is the converse true?

And no obligation, Masil, for holding your hair.

Sreekesh Menon said...

a formal art of caring or pretending to care.

Ariella said...

Kindness. The offering of a hand despite the risk of bite, infection, and lack of appreciation.
Too often coupled with
self-interest,
or foolishness.


wv- eplvsatz

eratz elves?

karma said...

that sounds like pancakes, Sar. now where are mine? humph!

Lisa also threw up on your carpet, D. but don't tell her i squealed

Doug said...

Sree, whether pretending to care is a kindness or not is one of the great debates through history. Of course, for some there's no alternative.

Ariella, I really like how that's written. The word "infection" kind of tickled me, too.

MASIL!!! Again?!?!?!?

Minka said...

Doug...smeisweet is Luke Sleepwalker and I am Han Solar absence! We both were playing with their names. I know his name is Han Solo...watched Star Wars a couple of times ;)

actonbell said...

I like both of these:

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. ~Robert Brault

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. ~Author Unknown


kindness--creating the illusion, for as long as it can be sustained, of a perfect world, right now, right here:)

Tom & Icy said...

A pat on the head to a dog that wants to bite you

a4g said...

Kindness, n. Used by idealists to convert the savage. Used by savages to conceal the knife.

Fred said...

Kindness: Monika leaving five comments to feed Doug's blogoholism. :)

Doug said...

Monika, apologies. It just took me all day.

Actonbell, the first one is brilliant and the third one beautiful, witty and if I'm not mistaken an Actonbell original, no?

Icy, I like the link between kindness and foolishness. Why do you want to bite me?

Well done, a4g. That's the kind of jaundice I need to get back.

Fred, that's really funny.

weirsdo said...

Kindness begins at home: 1. Letting Mall Diva wear a really short mini-skirt to impress the Russian violinist phenom she has a huge crush on. 2. Not brushing Toyplayer's hair, even though it needs it. 3. Watching football with Dr. Weirsdo instead of blogging.
Gotta go now.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Kindness Looking at Doug's blog at 6 AM, but not complaining that there is no post yet.

What? You sleep sometimes? That was not a complaint. Just askin'.

actonbell said...

Mom! I mean TLP!!! What are you doing up looking at blogs? Do you have a blogging problem?

..and thank you, Doug:)

Doug said...

Weirsdo, I think you mean Enable, v. t.

TLP, expecting your clown to perform before 3AM local time is not kind! Sweet, but not kind.

Thank you, Actonbell, for a beautiful turn of phrase and defending a poor harlequin.

Jamie Dawn said...

Yes, unfortunately, the converse is true.

ariel said...

kindness is sadly underrated in the name of a lot of unimportant things. this world would be a so much better place if people tried to be a just a little kinder to each other.

Doug said...

No wonder they're endangered, Jamie Dawn.

Nice, Ariel. You do you're share.

GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

I don't know about the pool, but I put the jello mix in the goldfish bowl. Sorry to be a beast of bourbon at your blogbash...

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Doug said...

Gabriel, do you think I didn't figure out the goldfish bowl?