Is Kindness Dead?
Kindness is the sugar of our world: it makes the bitterness of living a bit sweeter. When faced with a burdensome day, nothing satiates the soul as well as a good dose of benevolence. Sometimes, a simple smile can pull the most depressed individuals out of murky waters, and give them enough fuel to endure the rest of the day. A welcoming hug from a loved one, can act as a sponge, soaking up anxiety, anger, and loneliness. Though, as the years zoom by, decades blurring into one another, there are many who believe kindness has drifted away--a ship lost at sea. Yet, one man, Leon Logothetis, has made it his mission to prove the naysayers wrong and demonstrate how kindness is not dead, but is in fact alive and thriving.
Leon Logothetis lives by a simple motto: live, love, explore. Once a former stockbroker, beaten down by the daily grind, Leon made an epic decision to leave the comfort of his cubicle in search of a deeper purpose in life--the pursuit of kindness. After watching The Motorcycle Diaries, a film about Che Guevara traveling through South Africa relying solely on the kindness of strangers, Leon felt a stirring in his heart. In that moment, he found his life goal: to prove to the world that kindness is not a dying art but a living entity swirling in every person regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or religion. Simply put, to document the existence of kindness by embarking on a global trip funded exclusively by the kindness of others. Like Che Guevara, Leon would travel on a motorbike, Kindness One, and live wholly on the charity of strangers.
Leon’s epic quest is recorded in a reality docu-series on Netflix, and is appropriately dubbed The Kindness Diaries. The show kicks off in Los Angeles, California, and though there are moments of mind numbing doubt, by the skin of his teeth, Leon is able to continue his journey in faith. Acting as a self-appointed refugee, Leon asks perfect strangers to buy him gasoline, a meal, and ultimately, shelter for the night. Though many deny his requests, humanity prevails, and some of the most touching moments ever documented on film are the results.
People essentially want the same things in life: security, a sense of purpose, and above all else, love. Through moments of self-denial and self-sacrifice, the beauty of servitude emerges. Whether the point is to treat humans as humans, or guests as God, one thing is certain, kindness is most definitely not dead.