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Most welcome cup of kindness

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New Year's Eve in much of the Western world is marked with the singing at midnight of a Scottish song by the great poet, Robbie Burns. Auld Lang Syne speaks of the passing of time and distance between old friends who, despite oceans between them, will "take a cup of kindness" and remember the good times once spent together.

A cup of kindness would be most welcome this coming year. Better yet, how about each of us takes a cup of kindness and vows to empty it every day this coming year. That way we might put 2018 well behind us and move forward, perhaps, as better people and a better nation.

We say as much because the past year was hallmarked by what might best be described as cynical, manipulative, exploitative, oafish and plain doltish behaviour – and that's just from our political leaders. Throw in........

© The Sydney Morning Herald