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Why your act of kindness counts

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by Ritarshi Banerjee

We’ve all come across the phrase “Survival of the fittest” at some point in our lives. Its meaning is associated with selfishness, and pertains to the basic instinct of just surviving but the meaning of survival is way more than it meets the eye. Charles Darwin’s study of human evolution, also known as “Darwinism”, has given us that meaning.

The meaning where he believed that mankind isn’t about being biologically competitive and self-interest but it is about having the traits to sympathise and care for each other. It also stated that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increases the individual’s ability to compete, survive, and reproduce.

What my take on this theory is that it gives us the idea of how a simple act of being kind can lead to something better. When we bring out the actual meaning of words like affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care, it helps us to create an environment full of growth.

Kindness is the willingness to be a legit contributor in that environment. To be kind is to be unconditional, that is, the ability of doing something prosperous via the virtue of devoting and not expecting anything in return, it is that trait which develops a person to be something more than themselves.

In a world full of despair, sometimes, all it takes is a simple act of kindness to change a problem into an opportunity and to bring back hope. Holding the door for a colleague or a friend, saying “thank you” to the person who makes you tea every day, being of service to your community are some of those things which can bring back hope to those who were longing for it in a gloomy world, and it doesn’t take much to make that bit of change happen.

Love, empathy are some of the strongest words in the history of mankind which have done wonders in the right direction. It has been a common misconception to take somebody’s kindness as their weakness but it is always necessary to remember that there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness, every act creates a ripple with no logical end. 

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