Over and over again, the world community is shaken by events that might have a negative global impact, making the world a less inviting and friendly place.
People of today are preoccupied with survival: hunger, wars, natural disasters, a pandemic, financial crises. Apart from that, they are busy enough on a daily basis with work, relations, housing, and economic survival, in summary, with the turmoil of their individual lives.
That’s what humans are, individuals. Not isolated individuals, but individuals that are surrounded by other individuals, creating a world that belongs to all of us. Humans make communities, societies, organisations, nations, religions. They make war or peace. All those things exist by the sake of individuals who do or do not share common believes and values, who therefore do or do not choose to unite.
The big challenge here is being our individual selves and at the same time being connected to other living beings. Empathy, altruïsm and mutual respect are necessary conditions for this. As the French concluded from their history: ‘liberté, égalité et fraternité’. In this way we collectively can make the world a more friendly and secure place. Stories can be helpful in a process of creating some mutual focus for individuals and groups on life issues. For the La pavilion I have made some new stories based on the beauty of nature. They are bedtime stories to be shared around the globe. The sharing is up to you.