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Elson Tong


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The ripple effect?

What is your opinion on the fact that one kind deed leads to another?
Is kindness an action, a word, what do you think think it is? How do you think the ripple effect will change the world? Personally I feel that the ripple effect exists, but the consequences of the kind acts anyone does has a high chance of being 'stagnant', and the effect would be lost. What are your views?

Thank you all very much for your replies. It is greatly appreciated. So, from what I understand, if a person is kind, heshe would affect everyone around their life. Because of the actions they would do, or the words they would say BECAUSE they are kind. True, these people may not have a huge impact on the world, but their actions make this world a better place, bit by bit. However, my other question is, what about the people who commit evil and take advantage of such kind people? Actually, this is the reason why I think 'kind' people do not actually dare to be kind, in the fear of being cheated. For example, in my country, there are con men, who claim they raise money for education for poor children, when in reality, they are stealing the money for themselves. This created a sense of wariness among people who wants to donate and do good, as they fear they would be wasting their money. How do we know our money will not be embezzled by such people, even in legitimate charity organizations? This is only one aspect of kindness, but I see it as one of the major problems. What are your opinions on this?


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    Jan 13 2014: On considering ripples, when they reach the boundaries of the pond they reflect back and cancel out the ripples following them. Their energy also dissipates as they meet resistance in the pond and the water eventually returns to calmness.

    It is definitely like that in the world, kindness often has backlashes and is met with resistance. Fortunately so does the converse, evil deeds are also met with opposition and resistance.

    In my view if one is going to be kind, do so despite opportunists and and con men. We need to be wise about the state of the world, be clever about how we give and be willing to let go of disappointments. There are laws in place for scam artists and cheats, but I found it is better to live with a pure heart.

    Be street wise with kindness, but also fearless. There are too many people who are debilitated with fears of lions roaring behind every bush. That is why there are movies made about people who break the mould to rise above the dreariness of life.

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