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CELEBRATE THE HUMAN

Celebrate the Human - blogs celebrating the great, good, brave and best of humans, including Caitlin Moran, Kurt Vonnegut

It’s pretty easy to feel gloomy about the world at the moment. There are 7.4 billion of us and yet somehow it feels like we’re an endangered species. Surely there’s never been a more urgent time to remind ourselves what an imaginative, brave, generous, thoughtful, bonkers, brilliant species we can be when we put our hearts and minds to it.

CELEBRATE THE HUMAN BLOGs

Celebrate the Human

Just over a year ago, I crouched around a campfire in a field bum-cresting the Atlantic, while a gale that hadn’t let up for forty-eight hours whipped around us. We were two days into a week of camping. There were plenty of reasons to feel gloomy. Not least because it was the annual family holiday and I wasn’t allowed to go home.

And it was in these circumstances that my physicist brother-in-law, with his hood up, wearing sunglasses to protect his eyes from the relentless onslaught of wood smoke and burning spits,   unfolded to us his vision of the looming apocalypse...

Rowena Cade- Build it and they will come

So, once upon a time (1989 to be precise) they made a film about a man who built a baseball diamond in a field of corn. Yes, that’s right.  And, hard though it may be to imagine from the basic plot alone,  Field of Dreams became one of the biggest films of the year cementing Kevin Costner’s status as the 1980s thinking human’s heart-throb (it was because of his eyes, you see).

There were a lot of important life lessons to take away from this film – and chief among them was that following your dreams is the most important thing you can do with your life. Even if it does mean you will have to put up with your brother-in-law shouting you’re an idiot all the time. Because, people, as long as you have sexy eyes, an understanding wife and James Earl Jones for a mentor, you can do it!  Come on, people – follow your dreams! 

Kurt Vonnegut - God damn it, you've got to be kind

“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.” 

My ideal man, since you’re asking, would be a combination of Neil Gaiman and Kurt Vonnegut in the body of Michel Huisman.  Of course, my husband already comes very close to this. Certainly on the beard front anyway.

But Kurt Vonnegut... seriously, what a man. 

 

Holy forgiveness! mercy! charity! faith! Holy! Ours! bodies! suffering! magnanimity!
Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!
— Allen Ginsberg
We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.
— Anais Nin
‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya Angelou
Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen
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