This article is reprinted with permission from the author, Maria Popova -- a cultural curator and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UK, The Atlantic and Design Observer, and is the founder and editor in chief of Brain Pickings.
Some wonderful thought provoking photos. I know things don't make us happy and that the world cannot support the over-consumption of the rich countries - but it is so hard to get put this knowledge into practice.
What a great article. I showed this article to my 11 yr old daughter. She was sad & and thought how hectic the world was, as some can be so lucky & other live in such hectic conditions...I asked her if she thought that she is lucky herself for staying in a beautiful 3 bedroom home herself, being the only child. She said yes but still felt sad. i told her that live is what you make of it & that she has unlimited potential to become whatever she wanted to be in the world...she smiled & said she wanted to help the world people & children from this kind of sadness...
Maybe we have the next female president of south Africa coming up...yeah!
ugh the contrast makes me cringe. I am American but I now have 2 more reasons to stay away from Kentucky...blah. I look forward to reading the book, though. It is thought provoking. I love photography. What I wonder is if the photographer asked the children if they were happy.
And there are no smiling, happy children here. Most photographers ask for a smile. Why not here?? The rich seem more miserable than the poor but they are all so stoic.
Great photos that tell a trillion and one stories. From my recent experience in Kolkata, India, I think this book should have included at least one children's home on the very very busy footpath [with almost no path at all] on very very congested streets of Kolkata. Children are born and reared in such "foot-path homes". One must see with one's eyes to believe and comprehend but not noticed by the government, politicians and most importantly, the intellectual middle-classes of Kolkata [its sons and daughters are scattered all over the world enjoying life to the fullest - at whose cost ?, I wonder !
At least if the children of Haves start appreciating their blessings over the children of Have Nots this will serve some purpose. However will they ever understand the hunger pangs, feeling of insecurity, problems of child pregnancy............ God Save this world from the most cruel......i.e. the selfish human being. ( I do not want to refer animals as cruel, because they do every thing for their survival or when they are threatened. Whereas a highly evolved(?) animal called human being more often does whatever he feels like for entertainment , self gratification etc coming out of selfish thoughts.
A thought-provoking article. Nothing shows the disparity and the diversity of the world like the places where people rest their head at night, especially children. Thanks for bringing awareness to this.
Amazing photographs. The one thing that occurs to me is that North Americans assume (not all) that just because we have more money and fancy stuff in our rooms that we are better off. I beg to differ. Who do you think are the happiest people here?