February 9th, 2007

Kindness and Charity

I'd long had the idea that one of the reasons for being kind and charitable is that since people tend to see all other people as being like themselves, this would predispose me to seeing *other* people as being kind and charitable. This has the additional salutary effect that since most people most of the time *don't know* how to behave and tend to take cues from what is expected of them, that it'd cause people to behave more kindly to me.

It's a marvelous rationalization. I'm not sure it has any connection with the real world, though. Thoughts?