From: The Power of Kindness

In the political arena, kindness is the giving up of domination and vendetta, and the recognition of others’ points of view, their needs, and their history. Violence and war, on the other hand, appear more and more as remarkably gross and inefficient ways for resolving the world’s problems — a method that generates rage and thus new violence, chaos, waste of resources, suffering and poverty. — Piero Ferrucci, The Power of Kindness, The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life

Being Present For Others

What happens when you get out of your own thoughts and pay attention, via The Writer’s Almanac, commemorating the birthday of W. Somerset Maugham. He’d become a doctor and practiced in the slums of London.

I saw how men died. I saw how they bore pain. I saw what hope looked like, fear and relief; I saw the dark lines that despair drew on a face; I saw courage and steadfastness. I saw faith shine in the eyes of those who trusted in what I could only think was an illusion and I saw the gallantry that made a man greet the prognosis of death with an ironic joke because he was too proud to let those about him see the terror of his soul. — W. Somerset Maugham

They also quoted him as saying this, which is a strong argument for a solid education system that fosters a love of reading:

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. — W. Somerset Maugham