While thinking of a theme for today my first inclination was to join just about every news and media outlet (possibly) in the world, and comment on the Kavanaugh hearings. Then I read the Washington Post and realized that practically all the journalists on that paper had commented, and that about 95% of the edition was given over to the hearings. Overload!
So instead I want to raise the issues of love, tenderness, consideration, generosity, empathy and friendship. In short, modern Epicureanism.
Fearing a very bad long-term outcome of the current divisions all over the world, and especially on my own doorstep, I want to put in a plea to the small knots of still-sensitive people, whom I am confident still exist, even if they feel demoralised. I am not necessarily suggesting some sort of commune, or gathering in literal Epicurean gardens. What I am advocating is living one’s life constantly conscious of setting a good example to children (especially), but also to friends and to everyone one comes across, whatever their station in life, thir origin or their income:
* Politeness at all times
* Interest in other people and an opportunity for them to talk about their problems
*. Consideration for their difficulties
*. Generosity both of spirit and in terms of gifts of worldly goods to the less fortunate
* Empathy for other people
* Treating others as human beings, not just “employees”, “contractors” or “consumers”
* Rejection of greed, careerism and ambition
*. the cultivation of a sense of humour.
*. A commitment to treat everone as an equal, deserving respect.
Aim for the idea that, when you have visitors for whatever reason, they leave thinking, “Yes, there is love in that house”.
Please write and suggest additions that will help ensure that civilised, kind and thoughtful behaviour survives the current culture. We must stay positive!