Notable Quotables – Kindness

being kind is being right

So true! Oftentimes being kind can go against what constitutes being right.

This quote can be interpreted in a number of ways. The way it struck me is from an animal perspective. I interpret it in a way that may be a bit controversial. I’d like to see how others interpret it though by presenting this hypothetical situation:

Let’s say you have a neighbor who you have witnessed beating his dog on more than one occasion. You also can see that the dog suffers from shameful neglect. You’ve called the police and animal control but the dog’s owner still has the dog and still isn’t treating him in a manner that would be consistent with compassion and loving care. You cringe every time you hear the dog whimper, your heart breaks a little more each time you hear your neighbor yell at the dog. The dog is chained up outside 24/7 and is all alone. You can see him getting thinner and thinner. You know he’s not being watered regularly either.

You’re bewildered that the legal route has not yielded a satisfactory result for this dog. Your neighbor goes away for the weekend and naturally leaves the dog to fend for himself. You look out the window and see the sad look on this dog’s face. At once you decide that you are going to step up to the plate and do something for this dog. So you go into your neighbor’s backyard, unchain the dog and lead him away, taking him to your home where you give him fresh water and food. You see oozing wounds that have been ignored so you take him to the vet for treatment, which you pay for out of your own pocket. You know you’ve broken the law because you’ve literally stolen this man’s property (and I HATE that animals are still considered “property” in the eyes of the law but that is the way it is now).

You then call a rescue group to see if they can take the dog into foster care so that he can be placed in a loving home where he will finally get the life he deserves, one with love and fun and family. And then you hope that your neighbor never discovers that you were the one who took his dog.

In this case, no one could argue that what you did wasn’t kind. But was it right? Was it the right thing to do?

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Those who know me know which side of the argument I come down on. But I’m interested to hear what you all have to say. Once again, the quote says “Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.” Are you therefore right in this case?

As I see it, as a member of the human race, we have a moral responsibility to be good stewards of all of God’s creatures. I think we absolutely have to take this duty seriously and we cannot turn a blind eye to animal cruelty and neglect. We have to be the voice for animals because they can’t speak for themselves. That’s my viewpoint. What’s yours, particularly as it relates to the situation presented here?

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14 thoughts on “Notable Quotables – Kindness

  1. That was definitely the RIGHT thing to do! I would have done the same, laws be damned. Unfortunately the statutes governing animal neglect and abuse are woefully inadequate, everywhere. I wonder why people like that bother to get a dog in the first place? There should be some kind of test required! Also for people who want to become human parents, IMO.

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    • I think about that every time I see or hear dogs in backyards where they’re left all day and all night, all by themselves, no interaction, not being a part of the family. Why would you have a dog if you’re not going to welcome him/her into the family? I don’t get it either Debbie. Sad. Thanks for your comment! And for the Tweet… 🙂

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    • And those laws against the abuser so need rehauling. All animal cruelty and neglect charges should be charged AND PUNISHED as felonies. I’m so sick of seeing abusers get stupid little misdemeanors for animal cruelty.
      Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Knowing my hubby and I, we would be taking the dog right away and my hubby would get right in his face not caring if he would call the cops. We would do all we can for the animals because animals treat others with respect even when they eat them. We don’t. I am aghast at how easy it is for these SOB’s to get animals or another animal. They should be treated the way they treated their animals. Anyone who takes a dog away from a horrendous owner deserves a medal

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  3. In the scenario you depict I think getting the dog might be the right thing, though I still think I’d pursue legal channels.

    As far as the quote, as your example illustrates, there is not any cut and dried solution that fits every case. I try to maintain my sense of right and be as kind as I can in doing so, but sometimes that creates even bigger problems.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • Yes, I believe that so long as one has kindness in his/her heart and always tries to act with compassion then the decisions one makes will likely be the right ones. Thanks for your comment Lee.

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  4. I’ve never really given this much thought and just blindly chosen right every time..but now wow…
    In the scenario of the neighbour I’d have done the same thing but in his face. I’d have documented the abuse and then taken it up with him and the cops when they turned up. After all there is proof of complaints and the vets report.

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    • Good points Freya. I might not want to confront the neighbor because he could pose a physical danger to me as well. Any person who beats a dog surely wouldn’t think twice about beating a person who did something against him, I would think. You’re more brave than I! 🙂

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