The kindest person in the room, is often the smartest. 

J.B. Pritzker

Do you tend to be the kindest person in the room? 

If not, why do you suppose that is? 

In a world full of insecurity and trepidation, kindness is often overlooked for bravado, in which people are continuously propping up the components that make them appear at face value to have far more importance than those who are surrounding them. 

Whereas a person who is completely comfortable with themselves, is far more likely to demonstrate overall kindness, for they operate without fear of your judgment of them. 

In this moment in history, as with almost all other moments in human history, the continuous uncertainty of variables leaves everyone trepidatious about the future. 

One of the greatest techniques for domination, in a trepidatious world, is to heighten and enhance the insecurities of any segment of the population that a specific party is looking to manipulate. 

By using a divide and conquer mindset, fostering distrust and continuous insecurity, revolving specifically around whomever the parties in power are looking to disenfranchise, a dominant party can hope to squelch their opposition. 

One only need to look at our country at this point in time, to see how massively irrational this overall behavior is. When people are operating in fear, and making their assessments predicated upon mistrust, how could there not possibly be room for substantial problems, predicated entirely upon both parties being inaccurate in their overall understanding and appreciation of one another? 

If humanity were able to instantly neutralize all fears, distrust, jealousy, and every other negative potential emotion, humanity has everything we possibly need to prevail and thrive. 

Yet all of the traditional negative human emotions overshadow all aspects of these basic opportunities and cloak them in fear, anger, jealousy, and resentment. 

So the next time you find yourself in a room, survey the other occupants, and ask yourself whether or not it is possible that you could be the kindest person in the room. 

Happy Wednesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!