You're too kind

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You're too kind
Is kindness good? Always? And if not, when not?
 
THOUGHT STARTERS / QUESTIONS
 
Is there a limit to how much kindness helps? Might offering kindness - and especially too much kindness discourage self-sufficiency and learning? Think bubble-wrap, snow-plough (lawn mower), helicopter parenting.
 
It is sometimes said that one must be cruel to be kind. Or stated another way, some people need a bit of tough love. Is that true? When? And what are the limits?
Cruel to be kind, Nick Lowe (1979) https://youtu.be/b0l3QWUXVho
Cruel to be kind, Nick Lowe (2012)  https://youtu.be/Zrr5LmC2p1A
 
How do we allocate our kindness? Are there any obligations on to whom we ought to offer kindness - e.g., the most deserving, those close to us, those who will gain the most? 
Is there some point where we might legitimately stop offering kindness. Jesus: "You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me." (John 12:8, Matthew 26:11, Mark 14:7)

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