Kindsight is my new name for a human superpower.
It is the magical property that inhabits the living. The force that overcomes the sour, the hardened, the exhausted and the weary.
It is our saving grace.
In a world that appears to value money over everything, kindsight is the antidote.
It is the superpower that we see performed in the everyday, in the chaos of what it means to be human.
It is the difference between animal and artificial intelligence.
It is the practice of compassion in a busy, consumerist, exhausted world.
It is the application of compassion in your life. The life you live today. The life where you wake up tired and the toaster isn’t working and the children are bickering and the dog has just peed on the floor. It is the practice that overcomes your battle weary state of mind and prevents you from throwing a two year old tantrum. Because the dog didn’t know what it was doing , and children will always bicker before the school day begins, and toasters break. You put on those metaphorical glasses and begin your day with kindsight – you don’t yell at the kids – they begin their day without the humiliation of a scolding, and the dog is blithely unaware of its ageing and incapacitated bladder.
Kindsight changes you. Kindsight changes everyone. In a secular world , compassion becomes ever more necessary . We tore up the rules, and so we have to write ourselves a guide book , because isn’t that what religion has given human beings for the last couple of millenia? In different guises, under different theologies, guidebooks to help us live co-operative, meaningful lives.
Kindsight is the superpower that you give yourself. It is a sort of cyclical transformer. The more its used the more powerful it becomes. You know that yourself – you’ve witnessed random acts of kindness from strangers – and paradoxically, strangers are often those most willing to show it. Why aren’t those closest to us willing to show the same levels of compassion. It’ s our families and our colleagues that often suffer the worst sides of our selves. It’s because it’s hard to show kindness when we’re stressed and tired. And we’re often stressed and tired. That’s why kindsight is the superpower that will change your life. It’s a gear change – that’ s all it is.
With the benefit of kindsight we can change the world.