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Posted July 9, 2006
It was the Dalai Lama who said, ¿Kindness is my religion.¿ No matter how spiritual we may think we are, if we are not genuinely aware of our potential for kindness and exercise it often, we are falling short of the mark. Being kind is a heart-felt action and one that transcends culture, class, language, sex and religion. It is the great equalizer. Four young University of Victoria men knew how essential this equalizer is on the planet today and knew that they could awaken others to its necessity. Calling themselves the Kindness Crew, they planned and executed a three- month, cross-Canada, motorhome-driven Extreme Kindness Tour in 2002 that put the importance of kindness back on the map! From roofing to dishwashing, from garbage collecting to hugging, these four enthusiastic youths modeled random acts of kindness everywhere they went. And what did they ask in exchange? To pay it forward. The ripple effect of paying it forward meant that their contribution in town after town could be the mere beginnings of a greater kindness generated by the community itself. Their Canadian tour was recorded by all four men - Val Litwin, Erik Hanson, Chris Bratseth and Brad Stokes - as their diarized story Cool to be Kind: Random Acts and How to Commit Them. Sponsored by anyone and everyone, the Extreme Kindness Tour was successful in accomplishing what it had set out to do. And that was just the beginning¿.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.