Yes, it’s a bit common, perhaps even cliché, to start a blog with ‘hello’.
Admittedly, most of the things I do online—and in person—start with ‘hello’.
The good news is that when it comes to clichés, they exist because they carry meaning in a well-packaged and effective way. (Just one nugget of handy information one can learn through observing life… or while earning an MFA in Media Arts.)
‘Hello’ has a purpose. It is something shared with another to let them know you are aware of them, welcoming them and greeting them with open arms in the hopes of spreading the warm connection of the path towards understanding.
Politeness, kindness, and being human are anything but cliche. These qualities are in short supply in the world and are getting rarer by the moment.
In society, these qualities can carry the connotation of being old-fashioned, outdated and of little use to the modern world — particularly in mainstream corporate cultures.
Contrary to society’s growing bias, these qualities are more important than ever.
Why are these things important?
Examining the importance of these qualities is a worthwhile and meaningful exercise in and of itself.
Jumping straight to a short answer of why they are important though, beyond adding a veneer of civility to the chaotic mass of the human population, politeness, kindness, and being human add a great many benefits to our lives as individuals and to the whole of society. These benefits manifest in categories such as productivity, viability, sustainability, self-worth, and even overall happiness.
More than just looking at this surface-level answer though, now is the time to explore the concrete ways in which we can improve our lives, those of the people we interact with and the world as a whole by doing something as simple—or as difficult—as being human and being here.
Hello, it’s Matt Henry. Welcome. Let’s embrace our humanity and live better lives for each other.
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