It seems that our calendar is bowed down with every sort of special day, week or month imaginable. From National Avocado Day (really!!) to National Fishing Month, most pass by without us noticing. Writing this on Thursday November 3rd, I note with a general lack of excitement that today is National Sandwich Day. Well, who knew and what I am supposed to do about that?
But before the next Alert appears there will come a day I can get more animated about. November 13th is World Kindness Day, introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement and brought to the UK in 2010. The aim of the day is to ‘increase the value of kindness in society as well as increase the amount of kind acts that take place nationwide, making kindness a greater part day to day life’.
And what a good thing that would be. We see too much aggression and unpleasantness to each other in our society. It was appalling to read in last week’s Sunday papers that the delightful Candice Brown, who brought so much pleasure to most Great British Bake Off viewers, had nevertheless to endure being “trolled on social media for her love of vivid lipstick and criticised over her weight, which she described as ‘really hurtful’”.
There are examples of this appalling behaviour available for all to see, of which I need only replicate just one to illustrate the point, a Twitter post that reads: “Hope the Pilsbury Dough Man murders you, Candice, you pouty whore.”
How can any civilised being write something like that as if it were a commonplace observation? Where did such people lose the ability to treat each other with respect, to celebrate the success of others, to treat people as we would want to be treated ourselves? Did they have no role models to teach our younger generations the ways of common decency?
It seems we may need, as a nation, to reinforce the art of being nice to each other and what better way than Kindness Day. Let’s spread the word about it and let’s all find more ways of setting examples of being kind, not just on that Sunday, but every day.