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Why are kindness and peace often regarded as not important?

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I've been thinking what's the point if a person has all the reason and wisdom a person can possibly possess, but has no light, compassion or want for peace in the heart?

Some INFP's here really shine their light to me through their kind, tolerant nature. I think that is an authentic, beautiful thing that cannot be tainted easily.

I'm not saying we should be doormats, we have to stand up for ourselves when we need to. At the same time I think it is a good thing when we do small things just to contribute to more positive, generous energy and peace.

I just mean that kindness and peace are two beautiful things in this world and are often unfortunately overlooked. Many things in this world are overrated, but not love, kindness and peace.
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It's funny, because on the whole I'm somewhat of a cynic and a pessimist; I think life is terribly hard and sad a lot of times, and for me to trust somebody it takes about 800 years, but I can honestly say that I do believe most people have good intentions. I see general acts of kindness all the time. I don't do them myself as much as I'd like, mostly because I'm such a socially awkward and scared person, or something... I don't know, I'm really working on this... but anyway, behoopd said about a woman carrying a stroller up the subway stairs. I see people helping these women ALL THE TIME. I really do.

The people who rule the world, so to speak, are not the kinds of people I'm talking about. But let's keep in mind, these kinds of people are not the majority of the people. The majority of the people are regular old Joes, living in regular old homes and have nice and regular kids and nice and regular jobs. These are the kinds of people that make up the bulk of people. And while they all have their problems and they all have their mean streaks and evil sides, I truly doubt they thrive on these aspects of themselves.

Me, for example. I have a terrible temper at times, I'm too honest a lot of times, I have debilitating anxiety, I get irritated too easily and annoyed too easily and I've said and done a lot of things I wish I hadn't. I do and have all of these things, but I hate every single one of them. And I KNOW I have good intentions. I do not want to hurt anybody or anything, ever. Does this mean that I don't hurt them? Not always. I'm human. But I never, ever WANT to hurt them. Who truly wants to hurt people? I mean, who TRULY wants to hurt people?
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It's definitely true that there are some people out there with messed up values. I guess I either am lucky not to truly know any, or at least not to let any of them into my life.

Or it could be that I am just way way less offended by things than are some other people. Which I know is true from certain personal experiences. Actually, one reason I had a hard time dealing with the INFPness is because one of the prime characteristics of INFPs, from what I've read, is a strong values system. I do have values, but I'm generally very accepting of others' that I feel mine aren't "strong". I know that everyone's values are so different that I don't bother to get too worked over most things. I usually just accept it, ya know?

I suppose I just more or less disagree with the title question. I've very rarely witnessed in real life people who regard kindness and goodness and peace as unimportant, and if I did, it would only be for a short period of time, such as in an argument or what have you. I know there are some jerks out there. But I have and I've always had this feeling like they're just misled, and not truly bad-intentioned. I feel like they go home and feel bad, I feel like they're very lonely, I feel like there is some sort of underlying reason for them to be selfish and money-hungry. I guess I just think that most children are so beautiful and fantastic that THAT is the basis of who we are. It's what some people go through as children and teenagers that makes them a little scary as adults. I know this isn't really the argument, but I do believe that those people who, as adults, disregard those good things, are scarred in one way or another, and they don't need to be scrutinized but they need to be helped. It could be a naive opinion, but I've had plenty and plenty of people experience and I guess this is the conclusion I've come to thus far.
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