The Great Courses

Random Acts of Kindness

Jan 7, 2014 6:00 PM   |   Education   |   Listen on Blog Talk Radio   | Download this episode

Kindness, gentleness, empathy, compassion, love, goodness, morality.  These attributes are often called the property of religion, and beautiful acts of kindness between people actually reflect a moral code given to humanity by the Great Eye in the Sky. Of course, this is nonsense. We've covered the subject of "Morality" in a previous episode (  But the source and nature of morality isn't what tonight's particular show is about. Tonight is merely a chance to share stories about helping others, with each example providing encouragement and a reminder that even the smallest gestures can transform someone's world. These gestures didn't come about because we were directed to by a "voice" or ancient holy book (in fact, we're glad our morality isn't derived from the bible, Qur'an, etc).  They happened because we sought to provide a human solution to a human problem, and in doing so, we felt the satisfaction and joy of knowing we made a difference. Tell us about your random act of kindness (and the reaction that followed).  Email:

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