“How do we change the world? “One random act of kindness at a time”


PROJECT BY OSKAR PERNEFELDT The International Flag of Planet Earth is a graduation project at Beckmans College of Design (Stockholm, Sweden)

Unless you live on the dark side of the moon you will know this has been a bad week. This time last week the unthinkable happened in my favourite city in the world. Innocent people got killed and injured for no justifiable reason.

The resultant fallout has been scary to say the least. People have become more tribal in their thought processes which is very depressing. I have sympathy with people who have lost loved ones, I have undying admiration for the broken hearted husband who will not allow Isis or whatever terrorist organisation carry out indiscriminate acts of violence change the way he thinks of people no matter what religion they are.

Now I am a humanist, I try to treat people in a way I would like to be treated myself and it has served me well through the years.

I can also see the other side of the argument from people who think they have been treated unjustly. But I cannot reconcile indiscriminate bombing no matter which side is carrying out this atrocious behaviour. In a problem that has become so complex with people on both sides thinking they have the moral high ground it will be difficult to see a way out of this.

Millions of people on Facebook have placed the tricolour flag on the profile pictures and I applaud them for thinking about the people of Paris. But what about the other people on the planet. The Palestinians, the Syrians and the many people in Africa all who are suffering in equal measure.

A few months ago I stumbled on a website that had a flag that represented us as a whole, the earth flag. Which is something that every nationality could stand under and become one.

Just think for a moment what if aliens dropped down to Earth tomorrow and started attacking us, how long do you think it would be before we all joined forces against a common enemy to protect our beloved planet.

I suppose our planet is a little like a family, we all fall out and squabble but at the end of the day we all stand strong if anyone threatens our dearly beloved, I hope that our collective position is just like that.

So instead of alienating innocent people for the random act of violence which is dominating our media at the moment lets take a leaf out of the french gentleman’s book who has lost his wife in the Paris attacks.

He has said he will not let this indiscriminate violence change him into something he is not. That way the perpetrator’s have not won, they have not made rational people fear people just because the colour of someones skin.

This coming week I am going to make a concerted effort to make sure I give everyone I meet my best five minutes, treat everyone as I would be like to be treated and hopefully this behaviour may be contagious, it may even lead to other people acting in the same manner.

In the words of Morgan Freeman “How do we change the world? “One random act of kindness at a time”

So here is my challenge to you, be kind and watch carefully how life suddenly gets a great deal better with the added benefit of that it makes you feel great in the process.


15 Replies to ““How do we change the world? “One random act of kindness at a time””

  1. Surely if a grieving widower can continue to ignore skin colour and race despite what’s happened, it should be less hardship for the rest of us. I really hope so.

  2. You make such a good point here. I agree with you, one act of random kindness at a time, is more fitting a tribute to all those innocent people that have lost their lives.

  3. Random kindness is something I’ve been practicing for years. And I say practicing, because I have nowhere near perfected it. It’s what I strive to do. I believe it works and being kind to people is definitely contagious. Unfortunately, the opposite is also quite contagious, but how lovely if you can be the one to turn someone’s day around.

    I have found it really doesn’t take much time or effort to be kind. And I always walk away feeling good myself. Excellent post.

  4. A good thought to give everyone you meet your best five minutes… I might just to the same from now onward. Thanks for the idea. Came over from Erika.

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