On Kindness


Boy hugging snake

I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don’t respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.

Brendan Behan
Cited by Roger Ebert in Life Itself: A Memoir (2011)

Photo by Heng Sinth:  Three-year-old Cambodian boy Oun Sambvath kissing his curled best friend — a four meter-long (13.1 feet) female python name Cham Roeun in Set-Tbau village, Kandal ptovince about 22 km south of Phnom Penh, Thursday, 29 May 2003. He has been playing with the python ever since he could first crawl, said his mother Kim Kannara