Writer and artist Iain Thomas captures the power of tenderness with this line (which is, fascinatingly, often misattributed to Kurt Vonnegut):
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
Iain Thomas, I Wrote This For You
To not allow the cynicism of the world erase the beauty beneath…
Can we still believe in the Kindness of Gawain? Do we no longer think this is possible? That a Gawain does not fit the profile of our jaded world view?
But your piece asks us through the example of Ted Lasso…why couldn’t we? And what a wonderful and remarkable place to be? To once again see the beauty in each other? As well as in the deeper world we all share?
To be open to the transcendent and not be jaded?
“Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness.”
And does that openness/kindness return to compassion born from the heart, a natural state, have the potential to heal or thaw the ice in every wasteland from Parcival and Gawain to Ted Lasso?
Rather than wrestling with compassion from the intellect…more of a mental striving? And defining?
To return not only to the question but to an un-jaded state, which still can see all the beauty in the world and not apologize for seeing it?
Not that the word judgement is completely negative but perhaps it’s the head that judges and the heart(or deeper universal psyche, which discerns. (A gentler word, which listens and observes)
And now I’ll maybe watch a Ted Lasso too!