Can Kindness Kill?

8. Butterfly emerge 4 web

I told a friend of mine a story I thought that he would appreciate and he did. So I thought I’d share it here. Though you may have heard it before, it’s a great reminder and a great metaphor of the purpose behind ‘struggle’.

It’s about the little girl (the original story may have been a boy) who sees a butterfly trying to break free from it’s cocoon and as she witnesses it struggling to push through, she helps out by peeling off the cocoon, and watches the butterfly drop to the ground, never to recover, never to fly as the struggle was needed to strengthen the butterfly’s wings – don’t you just love that one?

What do you see from your perspective, the struggle from the butterfly’s ‘Sufferer’ perspective or the ‘wanting to be helpful’ which is the Samaritan perspective? Perhaps both, or perhaps another perspective – I’d love to have your take on this.

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2 thoughts on “Can Kindness Kill?

  1. Thanks Sonia for this philosophical paradox. There are many factors involved in kindness. For example those with lots of money may feel either obliged or guilty and hence supply kindness. Some people feel responsibility for other’s decisions in life and feel they have should show kindness . Personally I believe kindness has many facets. Supporting others without judgement or having an agenda for how things should turn out is an authentic version of kindness. When we can love and accept another regardless of their perceived errors and step back to allow them to fully feel and express themselves in their way we show kindness. That’s my thought for today x

  2. Kindness starts at home, it is about our true feelings and values
    It is an expression of love, understanding , considered and compassion
    Kindness it is accepting who people are while not trying to change them or their life circumstances
    Being kind we should respect other people boundaries and trust that the other person knows what’s best for them. I love your post Sonia and Lee-Anne

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