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The Way of Kindness

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
India Buddhist Festival
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In his preface to a collection of stories called "The Kindness of Strangers," His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote, "Kindness and compassion are among the principal values that make our lives meaningful... At any given moment there must be hundreds of millions of acts of kindness taking place around the world."
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The Way of Kindness: A Journey With No Steps

by Colleen Kinder. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
Poor Roads Hinder Reporting
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When I think about Liberia, I'm back in a van with Ernest. He's driving, the van is shuddering, sounding like a just-dropped bag of scrap metal, and I'm somewhere in the chasm of the van's back seats, bobbing, as we ride out the force of the latest pothole.

We spent our days like this, Ernest and I. His job was to shuttle around a group of grad students from Harvard-in the morning, to the government ministries where they interned, and at night, back to a gated, barb-wired compound where they slept. When one of the interns urged her little sister to come join-just pitch an article and come research it-Ernest was saddled with a 25-year-old white American who had places to be only if she could arrange interviews, and zero grasp of what "post-conflict" means for travel.
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