KIND VS NICE

Is there a difference?  Can someone be nice, but not necessarily kind?  Or kind but not nice?  If you are a nice person, does this automatically mean you are also a kind person?  Or do nice and kind go hand-in-hand?

According to the Dictionary on my computer:  Nice means pleasant; agreeable; satisfactory.  Kind means good-natured; caring; affectionate; considerate; helpful; thoughtful; compassionate; benevolent.  Of course, all of these descriptions of nice and kind are actually from the thesaurus.  Turns out nice and kind are pretty much interchangeable, at least according to the dictionary/thesaurus.  I’m not sure I agree with this.  To me, they are similar but different.  I think you can be nice, but not necessarily kind; and vice versa.

While it is true that I have written about this subject before, it has been on my mind a lot lately.  I recently obtained a new domain name, actually 2, that have to do with being kind. I see t-shirts, bumper stickers, mugs, really anything that can have a saying put on it.  I think the more reminders we have, the more likely we all are to remember to be kind.  I am not quite ready to unveil my new venture, but I will tell you the initials are WNBK.  I sort of like the idea of just putting the initials on a shirt to spark interest that way.  It’s hard to resist reading/seeing something like that and not asking what it stands for.  Like a vanity license plate that you do your best to figure out.  Or as a friend of mine said, like WWJD.  Most everyone knows what those initials mean.  Can you guess what WNBK stands for?

I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it very well:

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