Monday, December 10, 2012
Just Be Kind: Reflections on Jacintha Saldanha’s Death
Obviously, the DJs are not responsible for Jacintha’s death, but their prank raises an important question: can’t we just be kind? We live in a world in which meanness, deception, and harrassment is well-compensated. The DJs bragged about their success. Until Jacintha’s death, they seemed both thrilled and smug. No longer.
Before we do anything to anyone, it would help to remember these words: “Be kind, for everyone is fighting a great battle.” Would the DJs have made their prank call had they held this sentiment close to their hearts? Would Jacintha be dead and her two teenage children left without their mother? We’ll never know, but the lesson in this is still there for each of us to heed.
Just be kind.