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To be called kind used to mean be­ing damned with faint praise. But these days it’s cool to care and it’s cool to be kind—at least for now. It’s a sentiment that has been brewing in the zeitgeist—even spawn­ing a trend in pub­lish­ing called “up lit” with books like The Lan­guage of Kind­ness from for­mer nurse Christie Wat­son and Kind­ness: The

Lit­tle Thing that Mat­ters Most by Jaime Thurston. In the pop world, Alessia Cara made an on­line pitch for kind­ness af­ter she was flooded with hate­ful com­ments fol­low­ing her per­for­mance at last year’s Grey Cup. The Cana­dian singer posted a video on her In­sta­gram feed en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be “kind to each other” and not par­tic­i­pate in the darker, hurt­ful side of stan cul­ture. “It’s a weird world and a weird time— it’s al­ready hard to nav­i­gate on its own,” she said. “We don’t need to be mak­ing each other’s lives harder.” On the po­lit­i­cal front, Amer­i­can ju­ror Paula Dun­can took to the air­waves fol­low­ing the trial of Paul Manafort on tax and bank fraud charges to com­mend the con­vic­tion and to lobby for a more tol­er­ant world. She even urged Pres­i­dent Trump to wear a hat that says “Make Amer­ica Kind Again.” Dun­can, who proudly owns her own red MAGA cap, told An­der­son Cooper that “once we’re kind, then we’ll be great.” Trump—whether he ac­cepts that fash­ion chal­lenge or not—has al­ready un­wit­tingly en­cour­aged this crav­ing for de­cency, notes as­so­ciate ed­i­tor Pahull Bains in her fea­ture “Is ‘Kind’ the New ‘Cool’?” (page 80). “While the elec­tion of a cer­tain orange-tinted leader did frac­ture civil dis­course for a while, see­ing the rip­ple ef­fects of his ran­cour and ha­tred even­tu­ally drove home a fun­da­men­tal re­al­iza­tion: Without kind­ness, there is no hope.” In “Acts of For­give­ness” (page 82), fea­tures ed­i­tor Greg Hud­son ex­plores what it means to for­give in of­ten un­for­giv­ing times. Hud­son also in­ter­viewed our cover star for “Ju­lia Garner Is Tougher than She Looks” (page 94). Garner ex­udes the hall­marks of kind­ness with a low-key grace that comes from be­ing a sen­si­tive, em­pa­thetic and self-aware woman, notes Hud­son. As we were work­ing on this kind­ness-themed is­sue, I was re­minded of a sim­ple line that my fa­ther used to say if he felt some­one was be­ing un­char­i­ta­ble: “Let a guy live,” he’d say qui­etly. Packed into those four words was an un­spo­ken call for com­pas­sion, open-mind­ed­ness and, above all, kind­ness.

EVEN THIS SEA­SON’S RUF­FLES FROM GUCCI ON COVER STAR JU­LIA GARNER HINT AT A KINDER FASH­ION MOOD.

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