|A Pace Odyssey||
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
What thou art promis'd. Yet do I fear thy nature,
It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way" (Macbeth Act 1, scene 5, 15-18) .
"You will rule over Glamis and Cawdor, everything which is promised to you. However, your kind nature will not work in your favor. You must be ruthless if you want to get anywhere."
This line is spoken by Lady Macbeth, who advises her husband that if he wants to take the throne, he must take it by force. Killing hundreds of people in the process. Yikes.
But what's this talk of the "milk of human kindness"?
This phrase is used often in literature, to call someone "full of the milk of human kindness" is to comment on their gentle disposition.
They have been nurtured with kindness and intend to give back to their fellow man.
My question for you now is this: "In what way have been taught to be kind?"
Or rather, What kindness have others shown you? WHY are you kind? Do we even need kindness at all?
And please shy away from talking about common courtesy. Stifling a sneeze by stuffing your face into your inner elbow is a way to protect against the spread of germs and/or a group of people's sideways glances toward you. A self-preserving action.
Going out of your way to do something for another person, even if it isn't expected of you is excellent, but it can be as simple as a smile or hello in passing. Kindness doesn't have to be grand.