The Being of a Nation
"How do you want to BE in this world?"
Interviews from 48 states
In 2017 Kïrsten Blake of Chapter BE, along with her dog, Harriet Ethel, the brave and beloved BE mascot, traveled to all 48 continental United States and asked 380 strangers: “How do you want to BE in this world?”
Kïrsten and Harriet drove a total of 15,887 miles over the course of 90 days, July 15 through October 16, and stayed with family, friends, and friends-of-friends along the way. Beginning the trip in Santa Fe, NM and ending in Denver, CO, Chapter BE’s approach was simple – scope the city and crowdsource the best places to set up. Then, throw open the back doors of Beatrice, the BE Mobile, and invite strangers in to talk.
The Being of a Nation collected stories of courage, curiosity, empathy, love, positivity, and so much more. Stories are how people connect with one another, with their environment, and with themselves. Chapter BE wants to share these stories of BEing from across the nation with the aim to inspire individuals to share their story as well as connect to someone else’s BE story.
Below you will find stories of BEing from different individuals across our country. As you listen to these stories, note that these are raw, on-the-street interviews that capture the storyteller’s environment – general background noise, animals, cars, others passing by. Close your eyes and picture their environment as you listen in…
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“Somebody wants to BE Love in their own life? I would say, just get rid of any kind of preconceived notions. Try to look on the inside instead of looking on the outside, and try to see what people are really about versus judging somebody by the way they look on the outside.”
San Francisco, California
“I think a lot of people struggle with loving themselves and I think that's something I'm trying to figure out, especially at the age I am at right now. I just try to remind myself that I'm alive and that's a great thing...”
Rochester, New York
“Just try to think of how you want to be in life and how you want people to treat you. Then use that as you go out in the world to treat others as you want to be treated.”
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