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Dr. Nadir Arber, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology
Head - Integrated Cancer Prevention Center
Tel Aviv Medical Center and
Tel Aviv University
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Tel: 972-3-6974968
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About human kindness

"It is no use to have all of these: brightness, culture, cleverness, lots of knowledge in culture, Ph. D., post graduated courses in Ph. D, (like the teacher in Eugen Ionescu's lesson), if we are bad, evil, bounders and vulgar, stupid and balmy, unworthy. The brightness, knowledge and the post graduated courses in Ph. D and all the international congresses we attended, and all scholarships which we win in hard contests would be gone forever.

Nothing can replace and supply a bit of kindness, of benevolence, tolerance and understanding. A bit of sustained becomingness.

Kindness is not a subtle and refined virtue; it's a main attribute of the human being and also a cultural attribute. Kindness is another name for Aristotle's definition to the human being: the social being. We can't possibly live without kindness except in the dreadful conditions and justifying Sartre's grievous affirmation: the others, here it is the hell!

There is a basic altruism expressed by kindness which is an axiom of the public life. Berediaev said: bread for me is a material problem (understood as selfish and vulgar), but the bread of the person next to me, continues Berediaev, represents for me a spiritual duty. The result is obvious: kindness cannot be completely replaced by anything.

We are aware that if we spoke all the languages and dialects on Earth, and if we were able to classify according with the decimal classification all typed volumes in all languages, starting with Gutenberg and up to nowadays, and if we were experts and erudite, and if we knew the use of all specific terms of all sciences and techniques, we still cannot consider ourselves cultivated people if we were grudgers, bumpkins and unkind.

If we like it or not, culture is not only of knowledge accumulation, but also a good character and a capacity to understand that kindness is not an old fashioned and sentimental virtue.

We should not make the regrettable error to consider the bookmakers as writers and pure information memorizers as cultivated men."


Nicolae Steinhardt,
Primejdia Marturisirii, p. 56

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