This idea not only works when discussing politics, but also religion. Think how many people may be turned away by someone telling their opinion about the way you should act. But rather someone may be inspired to see the world differently by a simple act of kindness.
It works in parenting too. You can “tell” your child all day that you want him to read so he can be a better reader. But children that see adults setting the example and being a reader are more likely to become a reader too.
In teaching, I can mark with a red pen all over a student’s paper and tell him my opinion of his writing. “Sloppy!” “No emotion.” “Incorrect grammar!” “Idea not developed enough.” “Need more elaboration.”
But telling him my opinion makes no difference. Instead if I were to show him an example of what I mean and model good writing for him, it will have a greater impact on his writing.
In writing, we develop our character’s traits by showing the way they respond or act to different situations. The example you set (good or bad) and the actions you take in life are what show your true character. When you want to develop a believable character you show this through his example or actions.
In writing, in real life, on Facebook, when parenting, or when teaching, talk is cheap. It’s your actions that will change (or form) people’s opinions.
Disclaimer: I realize this is just my opinion of this and by me telling you that the world is changed by example, I don't expect your opinion to change if you disagree. But hopefully some of the examples I provided above may help you see my point of view. :)
Natinder Ferrer Manak
8/17/2016 09:12:56 am
The act of kind doing does often feel, as it is a forgotten art, which does have a temporal affect. But there are times to stop searching and remind ourselves we can set a positive example by simply doing. And yes it does not always come with rewards, and can be, emotionally draining, but kindness is and will always be a thing of beauty. To also be reminded, to be kind, is a precious gift.
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