- Kindness is the best form of justice. [Attributed to Debasish Mridha.]
Kindness is a step beyond mere obligation to others, though one could say that we are duty-bound to be kind to everyone. This is the finest and most enduring lesson that I took from my childhood background as a Roman Catholic. “From him who has much, much will be expected” applied to everything, and produced a world view that held that I was responsible to do all that I could do.
So for me, responsibility does not end at mere respect but extends to loving kindness and all its attributes, including an ethic of generous service. I cannot force anyone to live this way. As with everything else in this model, it an invitation, of which I just often remind myself.
- Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (One World, 2021): “There is a striking clarity to this book; there is also a depth of kindness in it that all but the most churlish readers will find moving.”
- Mark Epstein, The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life (Penguin Press, 2022): writing about the differences between traditional psychotherapy and Buddhist meditation, the author “seeks to uncover the fundamental wisdom both worldviews share, and to show, as a practical matter, how it might help us wriggle free from the places we get stuck on the road to fulfillment.”
Music: songs and other short pieces
- What begins in kindness sometimes ends in far more: The Dixie Chicks, Travelin’ Soldier
- Paul Simon, “Tenderness”
- Nawang Khechog, Universal Dance of Kindness; Peace Through Kindness; Healing Through Kindness; The Human Heart Is for Kindness; Kindness As the Key
- Yungchen Lhamo, “Loving Kindness”
- Yungchen Lhamo, “Your Kindness”
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
- Live with his All-Stars, May 8, 1954
- 1955 on The Colgate Comedy Show
- 1956: from the film “High Society”
- 1957 on The Edsel Show
- 1959 on The Bing Crosby Show
- 1962: Paris Jazz Concert, etc.
- 1963 interview in San Francisco
- Basin Street Blues, in Australia, 1964
- Satchmo in East Berlin, 1965
- 1965 on ABC
- At Fort Hood in 1967
- 1968 on the Bell Telephone Hour
- A collection of tracks
- What a Wonderful World – a marvelous expression of the musician and the man
Symphonies by Georg Christoph Wagenseil:
- WV 351 in C Major
- WV 361 in C Major
- WV 374 in D Major
- WV 393 in E Major
- WV 398 in F Major
- WV 413 in G Major
- WV 418 in G Minor
- WV 421 in A Major
- WV 432 in A Major
- WV 438 in B flat Major
- WV 441 in B flat Major
Napoléon-Henri Reber’s piano trios:
- No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 12
- No. 3 in G Minor, Op. 16
- No. 4 In D Major, Op. 25, “Sérénade”
- No. 5 in C Major, Op. 30
- No. 6 in E Major, Op. 34
- No. 7 in A Minor, Op. 37
- Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 32
- Violin Concerto No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 44
- Violin Concerto No. 5 in D Major, Op. 55
- Fauré, Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, 15 (1879): many musicologists suspect that Fauré composed in deliberate counterpoint to Wagner’s bluster.
- Foote, Piano Quartet in C Major, Op. 23 (1890): Foote’s biographer Nicholas Tawa described this quartet as benevolent and compassionate.
- Foote, String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 4 (1883): Tawa characterized this work as warm, direct, simple and clear.
- De Fossa, 3 Quartets for 2 Guitars, Violin & Bass, Op. 19: No. 1, in D major (1. Allegro moderato; 2. ; 3. ; 4 Minuet. ); No. 2, in E major (1. ; 2. Tema con variazioni. Adagio; 3. Allegro; 4. Finale. Allegro); No. 3, in A major (1. Lento sensible e sostenuto; 2. ; 3. ; 4. Minuet - Allegro, Trio, Minuet; 5. Rondo. Allegro).
- Liszt, Les préludes (Poème symphonique 3), S97 (1863)
- Weber, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 11, J98 (1810)
- Dvořák, Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B170 (1877)
- Josef Mysliveček, complete violin concertos (8)
- Raga Chandrakauns usually is portrayed in visual art as a fair-skinned man, talking sweetly, wearing a leaf necklace and carring lotus and blossoms; or as a pale moon-god with a lotus in each hand. Here are performances by Sharma, Chaurasia and Dagar.
Film and Stage
- Zelary: in World-War-II Czechoslovakia, circumstances force a sophisticated young woman to marry a rough-hewn woodcutter. At first she is despondent but his kindness wins her loyalty and her heart.
- Deeds Goes to Town, about a manwho inherits a fortune and uses it to help others
- National Velvet: the young-girl protagonist shows kindnesstoward the horse and toward the injured and embittered jockey whose place she takes upon the horse
- Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach”
Stories, from the dark side:
- Manuel Muñoz, The Consequences: Stories (Graywolf Press 2022): “A common thread throughout the collection is the choice between kindness and cruelty, whether through violence or disregard.”