Opinion: Comet DNA is practical

Bryan Hudnell | Staff Writer

At the beginning of this school year, we were introduced to the concept of Comet DNA and it received some mixed reactions from MHS Students. The slogan has slowly evolved into an amusing catchphrase that our teachers and administrators like to throw around. But if we dissect what Comet DNA represents and evaluate it at face value, it is a philosophy that we all need to embrace.    

People today neglect the power of a simple act of kindness. In a world filled with selfishness and greed, we are in need for those little acts of care. Just a helping hand can completely make someone’s day. Imagine if everybody was willing to be kind and compassionate to each other. If it was not forced but a habit. This would change the world.

We get caught up in our day to day lives and often forget about the people around us.

When we have a bad day, without realizing it, we are rude and hurtful. As a result, that person is more likely to retaliate and hurt someone else. This can lead to a chain of people being malicious to each other. Person by person, hate spreads and builds to the point where something horrible happens. It is why it is hard to turn on the news because it seems like everyday something terrible has happened.

But sometimes, we are not kind because we try to make our friends laugh and appear more appealing to them. We want to feel accepted so we do things that we sometimes regret. Even if these harmful jokes have no ill intent, they can be directed towards a person that lacks self confidence, which can affect them significantly.

There is no doubt that we have all experienced difficult times in our lives and we needed an act of kindness to brighten up our day. If it was not for that one person, that one act of kindness, we might not have the life we have today.  Remember how effective just the smallest act of kindness can be. In the long run, you may not be just helping one person but multiple people. Just that one generous act can erase someone’s bad day.   

 Although I am not perfect by any means, I try to make a conscience effort to be considerate of other people’s feelings. It is one of my core values as a person and it affects how I interact with people. Sure I mess up from time to time, but I try to make things right if that person is willing to forgive me.

Not everyone shares that belief, but I believe everyone is capable of it. Our lives are dependent on the kindness and generosity of others. From the moment we are born, we are dependent on our parents to raise us and care for us. We would not be the person we are today without people making sacrifices for us.

It is crucial for people to remember that anger is powerful, but kindness will always trump it. We may think our kindness makes a difference for just the people around us, but it does not. The most important reward is knowing how much we just helped someone in need. We feel the satisfaction of knowing that we might have saved someone’s day, week, or even life.  What we have really been given is the most precious gift we can receive, the gift of kindness. Everyone is capable of being kind.  Everyone can help. The real question is, why don’t we? This should not be a question.  Kindness should come automatically. It should be a commonality rather than a rarity. It should be in our DNA.