What is bonhomie?

What Does bonhomie Mean

The French word bonhomie came to our language as bonhomie . The term refers to the kindness , cordiality and simplicity of an individual.

Bonhomie, therefore, is a personality quality and a trait that can be seen in behavior. He who has this characteristic acts in a caring, compassionate and honest way .
The philanthropy and altruism are other values implicit in the bonhomie. Whoever has bonhomics, in short, is a good person .
For example: "The famous artist once again showed his kindness by giving a concert to benefit the victims of the flood" , "I always try to act according to what kindness dictates" , "In today's world it is increasingly difficult find traces of bonhomie… ” .

Take the case of a woman who spends her free time helping others . She usually prepares food in a community soup kitchen, gives free tutoring classes to underprivileged children, and reads stories to elderly people living in a nursing home. Thanks to these actions, everyone who knows her emphasizes her bonhomie.
On the other hand, a businessman who accumulates a large amount of money by exploiting his employees and engaging in activities that threaten the health of the population, and who never makes donations or supports public welfare campaigns, does not stand out for his bonhomie. On the contrary, it can be said that he is a greedy, mean and selfish subject who does not contribute to the welfare of others or to the development of his community.
While the most widely accepted definition of kindness refers to the aforementioned positive qualities , such as honesty, kindness, affability and simplicity, there is also a point of view according to which a person whose actions fall within this description is also somewhat naive. In each Spanish-speaking region there are terms or expressions to speak of this type of individual who, in general terms, we can say is "too good."
Of course, it is difficult to measure goodness , and much more to limit it, to point out a point from which it is presented in excess. Could we say that a homeless child should be helped up to a defined limit, such as giving him food but not listening to him, or trying to find him an adoptive family but in the meantime not sheltering him from inclement weather? The problem begins in cases in which the person receiving the help does not really need it, but feigns an emergency situation to take advantage of the charity of others.

When a lie of this type is discovered and the damage suffered by the person who helped the profiteer is appreciated, it is that "too much goodness" is spoken of. It is in this context that the definition of bonhomie with a connotation of naivety could be used. It should be noted that not all individuals who are disappointed by someone who uses them based on lies regret their actions, and this is another point that invalidates the vision according to which we should help up to a certain limit: goodness should exist from regardless of who receives it, and it never hurts.
If all human beings practiced bonhomics on a daily basis, the world would become a better place in no time. We could begin to fight the hunger, poverty and loneliness in which so many people live. In addition, by default, problems related to violence , both that which takes place in the home and that of the streets, including robberies and rapes , would instantly end .

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