True Meaning of Kindness


David Ramirez




Kindness Is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration for others. It is considered a  virtue and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. In Book II of “Rhetoric”, Aristotle defines kindness as “helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped.”. Nietzsche considers kindness and love to be the “most curative herb and agent in human intercourse”. Kindness is considered to be one of the Knightly Virtues. In Meher Baba’s teaching, God is synonymous with kindness. “God is so kind that it is impossible to imagine His unbound kindness!” In human mating choice, the study suggests that both men and women value kindness and intelligence in their prospective mates, along with physical appearance, attractiveness, social status, and age. A “nice guy” is an informal and usually stereotypical term for an adult male who portrays himself as gentle, compassionate, sensitive, and or vulnerable. The term is used both positively and negatively. When using positively, and particularly when used as a preference or description by someone else, it is intended to imply a male who puts the needs of others before his own, avoid confrontations, does favors, gives emotional support, tries to stay out of trouble, and generally acts nice towards others. In the context of a relationship, it may also refer to traits of honesty, loyalty, romanticism, courtesy, and respect. When used negatively, a nice guy implies a male who is unassertive, does not express his true feelings and, in the context of dating to the easy concern shown by children for their peers in distress. That is the meaning of kindness.