“Kindness implies affection for place, customs and traditions, for our fellow humans and for all living things. The word “affection” and the terms of value that cluster around it—love, care, sympathy, mercy, forbearance, respect, reverence—have histories and meanings that raise the issue of worth. We should, as our culture has warned us over and over again, give our affection to things that are true, just, and beautiful.”
W Berry from speech at Duke University
Kindness also implies curiosity which implies creativity and imagination. Knowledge implies sense of place and self. The wealthy crave rather than have affection for what they do not yet own; the rest of us have affection for what we do have.
The photograph (Father and daughter, Srebrenica,May 2015, Robert Golden) is of an ill man, father to an ill daughter who is wheelchair bound, living on the 4th floor in an apartment block, in Srebrenica. There is no lift. She is trapped inside the flat. The social services are virtually non-extent.
There is no democracy without kindness.