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Headmaster's Blog

2019-11-29

In assembly this morning we discussed the notion of "Survival of the fittest", a phrase that originated from Darwinian evolutionary theory as a way of describing the mechanism of natural selection.  I asked the children to imagine how life would be different if we lived in a world where it wasn’t the survival of the fittest but rather, survival of the kindest.  

And of course, the truth is, we do... 

Anthropologists have concluded that our ancestors had to learn to co-operate with one another.  They have shown that the stronger the emotional bonds within groups, the greater the chances of survival, so "kindness genes" were etched into the human genome.  In other words, we were born to be KIND!

And research has shown that there are many reasons why kindness is good for us:

  • Kindness makes us happier
  • Kindness gives us healthier hearts
  • Kindness makes us age more slowly and live longer
  • Kindness makes for better friendships
  • Kindness is contagious...if you are kind, other people will be too.

So this morning I encouraged the children to see kindness as their own personal superpower.  Using it they can perform radical acts which will not only benefit them in their lives, but also the lives of those around them.  We may not be able to stop speeding lorries, fly through the air or spin webs to catch thieves, but we can use the power of kindness to create the kind of world we wish to live in.

John F Gilmour
Headmaster

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