Over the past week, since the devastating attack in Las Vegas, I’ve been feeling very opinionated. That’s probably the case for a lot of people around the country and maybe even the world. Everyone’s arguing about whether or not we could do more. Could we have done more to prevent tragedies like this one and all the others that have happened in the last several years? We’ve all discussed this to death. The issue of gun control gets especially heated. And there’s intelligent people on both sides! The value of human life is imperative, but the right to bear arms is also important. It can protect life just as easily as it can take it away. But now, perhaps more than ever, we’re struggling as a society to strike the right balance. Would restrictions placed on firearms be helpful?

Truthfully, I don’t have the answers. I’m also not sure that anyone among us does. I’ve been involved in a couple of discussions and debates this week on this topic and none of them have turned out to be very constructive. But then I stumbled across this footage of pop star Lady Gaga speaking on the concept of kindness at the U.S. Conference of Mayors here in Indianapolis last year. Until recently, I had no clue that Gaga was intelligent and as well-spoken as she is. Throughout the video, she builds an excellent case for uniting as a people, despite our major differences. And though one might argue that it’s a little naive to think we can solve the world’s problems with simple acts of kindness, it certainly couldn’t hurt. And as she states right off the bat, it’s free and it doesn’t hurt. So why not?

More than anything, I just wanted to share this video of Lady Gaga speaking. It inspired me to remember that kindness matters, which is a lesson a good friend of mine has always helped me believe in. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. At the end of any human interaction, kindness is what’s going to make all the difference in your future relationship with them. And just maybe it’ll help make all the difference in the world, too.

Author: Joseph Black

According to Wikipedia, I discovered magnesium and carbon dioxide, so that's something.

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