Monday, August 02, 2021

Adults could stand to learn a thing or two from Mr. Rogers

| November 3, 2020 7:00 AM

To the editor:

If the challenge left behind for us from Mister (Fred) Rogers was for us to "be kind, be kind, be kind" and to "make goodness attractive," then why do we spend so much time fighting with one another over who is right and who is wrong? How about hating someone who doesn’t agree with our way of thinking? If we are truly spending our time loving each other, as we should, kindness should become a natural quality to our character.

Rogers said, "Kindness is possible for everyone, and at times a challenge, but always an obligation." Kindness isn't something that should simply be thrown out the window in moments of frustration or chaos. It should always be present in how you live, how you act and how you present yourself.

No matter what you believe about current topics (i.e. which lives matter, mask versus no mask, vaccinations, election choices, etc.), your obligation is to be kind to those around you, not because you agree with them, but because they are people too. We all think differently from one another, and thank God we do. This world would get boring in a hurry if we didn't.

But let's take this message and attitude of kindness and make it radical, because we cannot go on with so much hate, distrust and brokenness in the world. We need to become united as one, who love each other no matter our differences, and who are kind and respect each other's opinions.

Donald Johnson