Common Sense Day.

My morning paper has an as for "Random Act Of Kindness Day" on Friday, November 14, 2008. I’m a big fan of random acts of kindness. But then again I’m also a fan of simple acts of courtesy like opening and holding doors for people, and saying please and thank you.

I’ve lately noticed a tendency though to create days to convince people to do on that day what they generally should be doing all of the time. We have "Remember the Blackout Day" to get people to save energy. We now have "Random Act Of Kindness Day" to get people to perform random acts of kindness.

Here’s the thing. Creating a special days may make people act different on that day; it doesn’t change their behaviour. Though it does seemingly turn some people into others’ keepers. Witness those people who would chastise you for leaving a light on on Blackout Day.

Turning lights out when not needed is just common sense. And performing little random acts of kindness take almost no effort and make you feel so good. Again, simple common sense.

Perhaps we just need "Common Sense Day". And we should immediately follow that with "Personal Responsibility Day".

But in case you want to know more, here’s the link.

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