Finding Your Vocation
A Compassion Video
One day in 1986 or so, retired bus driver Johnny Barnes of Bermuda began occupying a busy traffic roundabout and waving to people as they passed by, saying "I love you," "God loves you," and "I will always love you," smiling and blowing kisses to strangers and friends alike. After greeting commuters from roughly 4:00 am to 10:00 am every working day for more than a dozen years, Barnes became a Bermuda institution and was recognized with a life-size bronze statue of him blowing kisses in the air. The short-subject documentary Mr. Happy Man, which was released in 2011, describes Johnny Barnes and the positive effect he's had on others. For a few related pages and videos, see:
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.