David Copperfield  

BlueCanary1575 42M
110 posts
8/21/2006 8:16 pm

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8/22/2006 11:58 pm

David Copperfield


I was listening to NPR this afternoon and I heard something I didn't expect to. David Copperfield (the illusionist) talking about kindness on "This I Believe." But, I think he clarified how I've been feeling lately. He says, "Kindness is taken for weakness, rube-ishness, stupidity. No one seems to respect the kind. They respect the killer." As someone who considers himself to be kind, it's somewhat deflating to realize this might be the case, but it is. Aggressiveness, ruthlessness, cunning and cold-heartedness are the valued traits in business and personal relationships.

I feel like being sympathetic and nice has been a hindrance in my life. At least if you judge it in terms of financial success, social standing and the quality (not to mention quantity) of my love-life. But, then again, that's part of my nature... to allow others to have greater prosperity at the expense of my own. I guess if it bothered that much, then I wouldn't be a kind person. I'd be like everyone else.

I've tried, at times, to be not-so-nice. To be that aggressive asshole that society values. But, it's not me. My nature seems to always revert to thinking of others first -- to being kind. It gives me something to complain about and blame my failures on.

-Robert

ArtisticTwist75 41F
2505 posts
8/22/2006 1:57 pm

I tell you Andy... you and I are so alike it's not even funny. I'm always being told that I'm tooooooooo nice. Sometimes I just wish they would be nice too. It does get disheartening. I've been away for awhile but I hope to be back around more often. If only to say Hi.

Artistic


BlueCanary1575 replies on 8/22/2006 9:15 pm:
Seems most of my favorites have been posting less and less lately. Still haven't heard whether I won your contest -- or at least which one I missed. Take care.

ArtisticTwist75 41F
2505 posts
8/22/2006 10:01 pm

Sometimes I blog alot... sometimes (like this week) not at all... but don't worry, I'll respond to that post soon. And yes. You posted your flaws II as a comment first... and then fleshed it out. I totally understand


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