A list of children’s books sensitising on cultural diversity, inclusion and social inequalities can be found on my website One Humanity.
The book Where Children Sleep by James Mollison portrays children around the world and their sleeping places, from rich to poor, from a monastery, to a children’s home, a tent, a field, a penthouse.
TED talk by Angélica Dass on her beautiful photography project Humanae.
“It represents a sort of mirror for those who can’t find themselves reflected in any kind of label.”
“Being a part of the routine work of running a household helps children develop an awareness of the needs of others, while at the same time contributing to their emotional well-being.”
Here is the full article Happy Children do Chores from the New York Times
“How we spend our days is how we spend our life.”
– Annie Dillard, author
At times … I wish I could meet in a duel the man who killed my father and razed our home, expelling me into a narrow country. And if he killed me, I’d rest at last, and if I were ready — I would take my revenge!
But if it came to light, when my rival appeared, that he had a mother waiting for him, or a father who’d put his right hand over the heart’s place in his chest whenever his son was late even by just a quarter-hour for a meeting they’d set — then I would not kill him, even if I could.
Likewise … I would not murder him if it were soon made clear that he had a brother or sisters who loved him and constantly longed to see him. Or if he had a wife to greet him and children who couldn’t bear his absence and whom his gifts would thrill. Or if he had friends or companions, neighbours he knew or allies from prison or a hospital room, or classmates from his school … asking about him and sending him regards.
But if he turned out to be on his own — cut off like a branch from a tree — without a mother or father, with neither a brother nor sister, wifeless, without a child, and without kin or neighbours or friends, colleagues or companions, then I’d add not a thing to his pain within that aloneness — not the torment of death, and not the sorrow of passing away. Instead I’d be content to ignore him when I passed him by on the street — as I convinced myself that paying him no attention in itself was a kind of revenge.
– Taha Muhammad Ali, Palestinian poet
His poem Revenge is beautifully read by himself in Arabic and by Peter Cole in English here. Thank you Diti Ronen for sharing this deeply touching poem.
Colourful pedestrian crossing on the day of Pride Zurich.
It’s all about paying attention.
Attention is vitality.
It connects you with others.
It makes you eager.
– Susan Sontag
Thank you Julian for sharing this quote.
“Forgiveness is the only way to reverse the irreversible flow of history.”
– Hannah Arendt