An etymological evolution from kin (family, race) to kind (natural affection for common family, race) to kindness (quality of active affection for [all of] the human family)

My prescription for our times: Be Kind

When our world is at war, be kind.

When, with bullets and bombs, words, too, are weapons, be kind.

When affections drown under waves of animosity, be kind.

For at the proverbial end (and beginning and through the middle) of every day, we, each and all, are bearing burdens of which none other neither can know nor, if known, would desire to carry. Therefore, be kind.

© 2023 PRA

Photograph: Online offering of the evening prayer service of Compline for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Spartanburg, SC, Thursday, May 11, 2023

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