Ryan’s notes

What It Means to be Kind in a Cruel World with Ezra Klein & George Saunders

"When I was young I admired clever people and when I became old I admired kind people. We’re all messing this life thing up, getting most of it wrong — how can we judge? Maybe kindness is the only reasonable response to others."

  • We’re all born with a brain that works in certain ways, a set of tendencies, a particular energy. Maybe life is about channeling that which is given or constructed in useful pursuits rather than trying to “change” the basic character of ourselves.

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