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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“So, if I return their hatred with kindness and show them that I can be the bigger person then I find that things go a lot better and they kind of back off and are like, 'Why am I being mean to her when she's not really doing anything wrong?'”
“We're way off. Look at our leader. He's not too humble. Our president is definitely not humble...we need to empower people, those around us, and then watch the true growth. ”
Little Rock, Arkansas
“I just try to do it with little gestures. I feel like little things are more important than the bigger things. The bigger things kind of get taken care of in life, it's the little day-to-day things that really do matter and show more compassion, I guess.”
“I don't think we have been humble in a very, very long time. I still believe we, as a society, are still tied to the sin of it all, and that is technology...They should just be grateful they have a friend near them and enjoy the weather and enjoy everything, especially in Colorado. We have such a beautiful state that we live in. ”
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