Yesterday, while watching the CBS Early Show, I heard about the kindness gene for the first time. The interviewer was discussing a study in which people appeared able to tell if someone had the gene or not. Apparently, in many cases they can.
Some people appear to be naturally kind; others, not so much. The teachers at our elementary school are working hard to teach young children to be respectful and responsible. The students are learning to have good manners, and I often see them demonstrate acts of kindness for each other.
All of this has started me thinking about the importance of kindness in society. If everyone had the kindness gene, perhaps there would be no wars. Maybe if people possessed empathy, they would figure out ways to peacefully resolve their problems. Perhaps even members of Congress would be able to work together.
Obviously, everyone does not have the kindness gene. Do you?