Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Love: Kindness

But can you become great if you are kind all the time, or will your kindness make you mediocre.
Funmi, got to make up your mind…!

Kenneth Harrow

Dept of English and Film Studies

Michigan State University

619 Red Cedar Rd

East Lansing, MI 48824




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Date: Tuesday, 8 August 2017 at 16:07
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Subject: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Love: Kindness

The great medieval mystic Johan Ruysbroeck, when asked how to become perfect, gave the same answer: “Be kind, be kind, be kind.” When we remove all unkindness from our deeds, words, thoughts, and feelings, what remains is our natural state of love.

This may sound simple, but it demands many years of sustained effort to eliminate all unkindness from our inner and outer lives. Some would say that this is humanly impossible – that it is beyond human nature to return kindness for unkindness even in our thoughts. Only when we see someone who has attained these heights do we begin to say, “Maybe it is possible, after all.” When we come in contact with such a person, we know there is no limit to the human capacity to love.

– Eknath Easwaran, from “The Constant Companion”

Funmi Tofowomo Okelola

-In the absence of greatness, mediocrity thrives. 


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