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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Charleston, West Virginia
“I just want to be free. I want to be uninhibited. I want to not worry about what people think anymore. That's all I've done. I've had so much anxiety and just stress and being depressed for years, since high school. I just never lived for me.”
Slab City, California
“Let go of all of your material stuff that you don't really need. Learn to want what you need, not need what you want.”
“I think you're born to be an expression of the cosmos, of the universe, to manifest reality in a distinct and individual form. Without freedom, without the ability to do that, that purpose has been taken away from you.”
“I just left a corporate job that I'd had for 15 years, since leaving college, I hated it. I hated going to work every day. I hated what I was doing every day. I definitely wasn't free. I was a caged bird. So, in the last 6-months, I have left that job, and I'm doing art, and I'm pursuing passions that I ignored my whole life.”
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