Humans of New York is a very special project that many of you may be familiar with. But have you thought about sharing it with your kids? All posts are not for all ages, but we learn a lot about humanity, compassion and understanding just by paying attention to each other.
HONY's founder, Brandon, is a photographer who originally wanted to capture the images of all of the different kinds of people who lived in New York. What eventually happened was that he also collected a personal story or quote from each person and shared it with the world. I love the implications and teaching moments that Brandon provides.
And we read about these people, we realize something beautiful: almost everyone is profound. Almost everyone has something valuable to share. Even people who are completely different from you or me have a good reason for thinking the way they do. And it is important for us to understand them. To give them credit. To see each other as brothers and sisters. Brandon has interviewed children, adults, students, inmates, refugees, people in mourning, people celebrating, people who feel small, people who feel confident--the whole spectrum. (I have loved getting to know inmates and refugees in particular.)
Only very rarely will he interview someone who seems like a scourge on society--not that he is measuring people or censoring who he speaks with, but most people are decent. But even the really nasty people show us just how repulsive being nasty is--and that is a lesson, too. But mostly, this is a remarkable collection of people who are vulnerable and help us see inside their souls. There are amazing people all around us if we just take the chance to get to know them.
Be sure to learn about this great project at www.humansofnewyork.com.
*Please be warned that some subject material may be too mature for children and/or you may deem an individual's language not appropriate. I would definitely read entries before you decide to share them with your children.
Community Question: What would you say if Brandon interviewed you?
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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