Love thy neighbour
people, as they grow up now, secretly believe that kindness is a virtue
of losers. But agreeing to talk about winners and losers is part and
parcel of the phobic avoidance, the contemporary terror, of kindness.
Because one of the things the enemies of kindness never ask themselves
– and this is now an enemy within all of us – is why we feel it at all.
Why are we ever, in any way, moved to be kind to other people, not to
mention to ourselves? Why does kindness matter to us?