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“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly. Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth? Those who were kindest to you, I bet. But kindness, it turns out, is hard — it starts out all rainbows and puppy dogs, and expands to include . . . well, everything.”

Here we have an animated version of George Saunders’ commencement speech given at Syracuse University last May in which he discusses a part of his life that he regrets. Do you have a similar story? Let us know!

The Importance of Kindness | Above Average

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