Monday, February 01, 2010
Quantum Kindness: Superposition, Entanglement, and Collapse
I've decided to leave my teaching job at the end of this term (March 5) in order to take some time to write, and I've been thinking a lot about the concept of kindness which is an important part of my educational philosophy. I wrote a few thoughts as comments response to Jennifer Hill's post on her blog listing the number of times a thought occurred to her in a year, including kindness.
I've been thinking more about the notion of Quantum Kindness that I proposed.
Quantum kindness: an act of kindness always appears more than one place at once, and is often changed by how it is observed. Frequently kindness "cannot be explained by either timelike causality or common cause."
Our culture views kindness as weakness, as passive. I think of all the strength many traditions glean from compassion. And I think of my parents as models of kindness. If there were some kind of medal for the decathlon of kindness, both of them would get it. (Actually, for some combination of kindness, activism, and medicine, my father has received the Order of Canada, an honourary doctorate, and many other awards. Next time I'm in Ottawa, I'm going to get a copy of that picture of my dad sitting with Nelson Mandela. Once I walked into my dad's office, and there was the picture hanging on the wall above his desk. "You never told me about this?!!!!" "Oh, yeah, well..." he said.)
Kindness? It's non-violent resistance against the dark but it's also just a kind of everyday breathing.