Tomorrow, on Friday, August 1st, in conjunction with Minimum Tempo’s icystorm, I will begin an experiment.
The idea is this: for one month (through August 31st), I will attempt to use what “wonderful power” I might have and act like a better human being. The premise is clear; our world is one that simply is not wonderful. There is war, there is disease, there are issues of resource control and discrimination, there is religious conflict, etc. In this world that is not the heaven of Neo-Venezia, is it possible to be the kind and loving human being that Mizunashi Akari is?
My hypothesis is no.
But one of the interesting things here will be seeing what triggers cause me to stop being wonderful. What in my life can pierce a shell of wonderfulness and irritate me? What can make me want to yell, or lie, or hurt others?
And then: why do those triggers exist? Can anything be done about them? What if more people tried this experiment? What if people in general were simply more courteous and kind and loving?
In order to attain answers to these questions, and in order to brighten our own lives and those of the people who surround us, icystorm and I are beginning this experiment. We would like to invite (everyone) to join in. We have some guidelines on how to proceed, but you don’t need to follow them—simply being kind to those around you is a wonderful first step, and if our experiment inspires you to try that, that’s already amazingly good.
Here are our guidelines:
1. document un-wonderful behavior
2. document close calls
3. don’t give up if you do something mean or un-wonderful
4. avoid debates and arguments
5. greet people
6. make wonderful observations
We considered more guidelines, but they either fall under #1-2 or are just plain silly.
If you’d like to participate in this experiment, following all guidelines, consider making a similar Day 0 post on your blog. Inform your readers of your goals and encourage others to do the same. We’re not trying to start a movement or a revolution—we just want to try being nice and see where it gets us.
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