Striking a chord at assembly with Wordsworth and Forster

With the Block 3s back and seasoned by their time away in Ullswater, there is a sense of the student body shaping up for the year ahead. Dominic Oliver’s assembly last night strikes as important a chord as any: the importance of kindness and the need for its rehabilitation – as a strength, not a sign of vulnerability. His talk ranges from Marcus Aurelius to David Hume and beyond – writers and thinkers affirming and articulating what people know intuitively – ending up firmly here in our own community. Two of my favourite kindness quotes are from Wordsworth and E.M. Forster. “The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love, ” writes WW; and in A Passage to India EMF has Aziz refer to the need for “kindness and more kindness and kindness again.”

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools