|Kindness | Prudence Love Winthrop (humanitas_) wrote,|
@ 2012-05-13 19:03:00
|Entry tags:||ooc: application|
Pursuit of Love
'The essence of love is kindness; and indeed it may best be defined as passionate kindness: kindness, so to speak, run mad and become importunate and violent' ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Let not my love be called idolatry,
Nor my beloved as an idol show,
Since all alike my songs and praises be
To one, of one, still such, and ever so.
Kind is my love to-day, to-morrow kind,
Still constant in a wondrous excellence;
Therefore my verse to constancy confined,
One thing expressing, leaves out difference.
Fair, kind, and true, is all my argument,
Fair, kind, and true, varying to other words;
And in this change is my invention spent,
Three themes in one, which wondrous scope affords.
Fair, kind, and true, have often lived alone,
Which three till now, never kept seat in one.
~Shakespeare, Sonnet 105
PERSONALITY & DEMEANOR
Love is patient
Kindness' personality is a bit in the name, really. Basically she's the best friend you could have asked for. She's friendship without thought for herself. She's sweet and loving and silly. She trusts completely and forgives immediately and without reserve. In fact, she makes it incredibly easy to take advantage of her and she doesn't mind one bit.
She is basically almost always cheerful. She can get sad sometimes, though it's always tied to humans being terrible to each other. Even if she's down she will never take it out on anyone else. She wouldn't dare.
Kindness is so often tied to love and though she doesn't really have the ability to have a one on one relationship with someone because her love is to be shared with everyone, she does have sexual relationships at times. She is, of course, a very giving lover. Basically it's all about the other person.
She would do anything she could for anyone, no matter who they were or where they came from.
Love is kind
In the poem Psychomachia written by a Christian Governor, Aurelius Prudentius, in 410 AD, the seven holy virtues were laid out for the first time. Aurelius took the idea from Plato and Aristotle who proposed the idea of virtues and vices centuries before. Aristotle laid them out in his tome Nichomachean Ethics and at the time there were only four cardinal virtues: temperance, wisdom, justice, and courage.
The virtues were seen as the counterparts to the seven deadly sins. In the middle ages the popularity of Prudentius soared and the idea of virtues spread. Pratice of the virtues was to protect one's self from sin. Kindness' opposite sin is that of Envy.
Kindness came to America with the first pilgrims who were fleeing religious 'persecution'. She spent those first decades living as a puritan, though she left that life behind when more people followed and began to populate the country with Christians.
More recently she has been working hard to keep kindness going. She has lived in New York since 2001, believing it was where her her efforts were needed.