As I was thinking of ways to promote “kind speech” and compete against all the advertisements and commercial interests vying for people’s attention everywhere, I realized that it’s a ridiculous idea.
Kind speech: messages intending to make their recipients feel good about who they are and what they already have.
I’m still going to do it, of course, but the reality is the advertising market is huge. HUGE! Not only does it represent an enormous amount of financial power, it also has remarkable infrastructure in place to create and distribute advertisements.
For example, if you’d like to sell ads on your website, you can sign up with an ad service, paste some code into your site, and… that’s it! New ads will continuously appear on your site. You don’t need to talk to anyone, or think about anything—it’s all taken care of.
I thought, that’s so neat! I wish it was that easy to share kind messages, on a website or elsewhere. Even just figuring out what to say can be a challenge… And that’s where the Kind Speech API comes in.
If you’re a developer, it’s a super easy way to fetch a random message whose sole intention is to let anyone who reads it know that they are good enough just as they are. Try it out:
$ curl https://api.kindspeech.org/v1/text
It’s free, it’s simple, and there are no restrictions.
It’s a start, a modest one, but the hope is to grow it into a robust inventory of freely available messages of love and kindness.