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Being kind = being right…?

clip_image001This quote from Richard Carlson implies that the right thing to do is to be kind to others.  This is certainly a good thing to do, but this quote doesn’t say it in a way that makes much sense.

Richard Carlson was an author, psychotherapist and motivational speaker, so this quote is probably meant to inspire individuals to be better people.

I suppose Carlson may be talking about how we respond to people when we think they are wrong.  We shouldn’t argue a point until we have proven ourselves right.  Instead we should love the other person, be kind to them, as this is the right thing to do and will therefore make us right.

Like the last post, this quote also may lead people to commit the logical fallacy of a false dilemma as it implies that one must choose between being kind and being right in a disagreement.

But while we should never reduce ourselves to “I’m right, you’re wrong, and there’s nothing you can do about it” behaviour, often speaking the truth and sharing with people what is right, is actually the most loving and kind thing to do.  We are called to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

Rebuking someone, even though they may not want to hear it, is a loving thing to do.  We talked about this in a previous post.

So while being kind is a good thing to do, you can do the right thing and it be a kind act, even if the other person doesn’t realise it at the time.  We should always be motivated by love, even as we share the hard truth with others.


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This entry was posted on September 7, 2012 by in Christianity & culture and tagged , , , .

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