All Expenses Paid
A Compassion Video
This viral video, created by Thai phone company True Move H, opens with a pharmacy owner shouting at a boy who has just been caught stealing medicine for his sick mother. The owner of a nearby café intervenes, pays for the stolen medicine, and gives the boy some vegetable soup to take with him. The story then jumps ahead 30 years, when the café owner collapses, is hospitalized, and remains unconscious as his daughter agonizes over how to pay his $25,000 bill. She falls asleep in her father's hospital room, and when she awakens, she sees a note saying, "All expenses paid 30 years ago with three packs of painkillers and a bag of veggie soup." As luck would have it, the boy whom her father helped 30 years earlier became the doctor who treated him. The video ends with the statement: "Giving is the best communication."
In a process world, the quantum world, the connections between us are deep and mysterious and invisible, like sub-atomic particles that we cannot see but are nevertheless vibrating with a song that could be entitled "Be Kind to One Another." Sadly, not enough people pick up on these vibrations that are the most real part of the universe. People look at matter alone, the surface, the way we seem so disconnected and alone and in competition. We fight and throw bombs and disfigure children for a cause....We often speak of hate as a contagion. Hate is like that, a disease that spreads quickly and disfigures and kills....But in that same universe where disease and hate can spread like a virus, so can kindness. Kindness itself is a form of beauty, a beautiful contagion, one that the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead would say is the essence of the Soul of the World. So, if you happen to be diagnosed with the contagion of kindness, be very careful: you might just be multiplying happiness in the world.