I got run off the road on my way home today. I was in the left lane on a semi-busy street, just minding my own business when a white Isuzu Rodeo in the right lane (and slightly ahead of me) decided he was going to turn left across both lanes and down a side-street. I probably should have let the guy hit me, but my reflex was to try and avoid him so I turned the wheel hard to the left and slid in front of his car up over the curb and three feet of ice and snow... narrowly missing power lines and a phone pole.
The Isuzu Rodeo barely paused and drove on down the side street while I got out of my car to assess the damage to my front end. This is not an example of kindness.
Now I'm fine, and the damage to the car is nothing my deductible can't cover. But the way in which the person driving the Rodeo just drove on by, slowly enough and gazing at my getting out of my car to know that he'd caused the accident just made me a wee bit angry. And though there were dozens of onlookers, no one even checked to see if I was alright or if I needed help. Maybe I'm naive, but that just seems like something one should do automatically.
So I'm asking you all, in both real life and in our virtual lives... be kind to people. Even if you're not at fault for an accident. Be kind. If you see someone in need of assistance on the side of a road, check if they're okay. If you see someone in your game of choice about to bite the dust during an encounter maybe lend a hand.
Sure it doesn't always pay dividends for you, but kindness goes a lot further than you might think.