“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
Aside from the gender bias of Thomas Carlyle’s quote which I do not like, the essence of what Carlyle is saying is especially poignant in our current state of affairs in the wold. How we treat each other in our daily lives right now is a reflection of the greatness that we each have the opportunity to show each other. It is actually in our own enlightened self-interest, in which kindness and compassion can unlock life’s abundances through our collaboration with others. Kindness has a way of connecting self interest with collaboration. When we act in kindness toward any person we essentially join them in working toward a common goal. When we collaborate, are more successful and we are more powerful. As a matter of fact, when we act with compassion then collaboration seems to be the default.