The virtue needed most today

Sam Ochstein
4 min readMay 9, 2021
Photo by Mei-Ling Mirow on Unsplash

There’s a sign in someone’s yard on the route my wife and I regularly walk. It’s painted blue and red and proclaims in bold white letters: JUST BE KIND.

I like that sign.

And even though I don’t know the people who live in that house and made that sign, I like them too.

Because anyone who goes through the trouble of making and posting a sign that says JUST BE KIND is probably the kind of people I want to be around.

Kindness is contagious, after all. When we experience kindness or see kindness demonstrated, we’re more likely to go and do likewise.

Kindness makes the world a better place. And hopefully, we’d all agree the world could always be a little bit better.

Maybe it’s just me but it seems there’s a dearth of kindness in our culture today. And I think that’s why the sign in the yard is so poignant.

We could blame the Internet and its propensity for depersonalized interactions with others in which people often rage in ways they would likely not do in person-to-person, face-to-face conversation.

We could blame the media.

We could blame “fake news” — whether real or imagined fake news.



Sam Ochstein

Former Pastor | Reader | Writer | Walker | Whiskey Lover | Contemplative Extrovert | MMin, MATS