Friday, November 13, is WORLD KINDNESS DAY, which happens to fall this year on Friday the 13th. I’m not superstitious, so I don’t consider it bad luck — or even kind of bad luck — to be kind to others on such a day. On the other hand — for the head of the misanthropes, World Kindness Day might as well be what it is every day: World Meanness Day.

But enough about the head of that circle — who hasn’t had enough of Donald Trump-et man and his band of out(right)liars? Let’s not give in to the outliers. With your kind indulgence, I’d like to offer food for thought: let’s talk about the sweet milk of human kindness and (just for the hell of it) the curdled milk of human meanness….

The milk of human kindness is sometimes skimmed, sometimes condensed, but most often evaporated. –Evan Esar

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. –Philo

I have found men more kind than I expected….and less just. –Samuel Johnson

With some people, the means justify the end; with others, the end justifies the meanness. –Evan Esar

One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing. –Oscar Wilde

How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time. –Morgan Freeman

Keep in mind that the world need not be this MEAN. It was mean before Trump, and it will be mean after Trump — but it needn’t be The New Normal. So I leave you with this WORLD KINDNESS DAY take-away: