One of the things about this site I value is the effort we make to know each other and support each through sharing our experiences. In very personal ways, we explore how we are similar and how we are different, and a real effort is made to be curious, open, and accepting. We're funny, serious, searching and we're real. We 'talk' and we 'listen', which I believe constitute two crucial means by which we come to know, and accept, ourselves and others.
I found a new website called Chat the Planet that I want to share with you; it brings together young people from all over the world to talk about what it's like to be who they are, where they are.
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It includes remote video conversations between groups of people in the U.S, Cape Town, Baghdad and Jordan. It also provides daily clips of from viewers all over the world, who talk about their daily experiences in the places they live, from Iran, Israel, Australia, Honduras, Iraq, and the US. They talk about politics, music, shoes, peace, and what they're scared of.
I thought you might find the link and the people fascinating, inspiring, and worthwhile. I like the ways this medium can bring us closer, open us to more, and encourage us to think more deeply about what binds us together on this amazing and confounding planet. And we know, from our own experiences and from the research being done in diverse fields, that being and feeling connected makes us happier, healthier, and safer.
As ever, let me know what you think!