Rhidian Brook, writer, celebrity and Christian

I took the Kindness Test, because that’s the sort of person I am. Not that I want to boast about it on radio on a flagship news programme.

So why are we kind? Some people think we’ve evolved to be a social caring species, but I don’t like those words. I think it was because of Jesus. Yes, that’s a much better explanation.


6 thoughts on “Rhidian Brook, writer, celebrity and Christian

  1. Outstanding wafflecock.
    His inclusion of ‘humankind’ at the end shows he’s more interested in word-play than thought-provoking ideas.


  2. And the uniquely faith-based perspective is…? One random quote from the New Tasty Mint doesn’t cut it. And even if it did, what is Rhid trying to say? That kindness to strangers is inexplicable unless you assume that Christianity invented it? So how come people of ‘all faiths and none’ © manage to be kind to people they aren’t related to?

    The answer, of course, is reciprocal altruism, first identified and discussed in detail by Robert Trivers around 50 years ago (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reciprocal_altruism), which is practised widely by many different animal species, and inherited by humans along with so much else. No doubt Rhid felt he’d done quite enough science by looking up kin-based altruism. But if he’d done any more research it would have ended up undermining the point he was trying to make. Whatever that was.


  3. It’s a shame that kindness hasn’t particularly featured in the history of religions, including that of Mr Brook. I think kindness is one of the most endearing qualities in a person, and one that is difficult to cultivate if you don’t have it. Kind people usually show kindness spontaneously, it is a quality that rarely comes with any calculated ulterior motive. Organised religions, with hierarchies of prelates of one kind or another; fixed and immovable precepts, rules, prohibitions, and which single out particular people or practices for (often completely irrational) oppression or ostracism, are hardly in a position to show kindness, which is generally a ‘blind’ virtue, putting compassion and empathy before rules and hatred or distrust of the ‘other’ (in which religions abound).


  4. I’ve done the test, like Brook, and agree that kindness is a positive characteristic of the human population. Most people practice it everyday in small or large ways whether believers in the supernatural or not.
    But in the news today are two religious groups whose dogma is far outweighing their potential to be kind.
    You can’t imagine anyone in the Taliban being kind to you unless you fitted exactly into their dogmatic medieaval religious view of the world. And the religious right in Texas has decided that making women keep babies even when they have been raped or domestically violated is the kindest thing they can do. Shocking, but it has over 50% support among Texans. One shudders at their world view sometimes.


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