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    Default The beauty and the pain of being human. Images.

    I discovered the immensely rich and diverse blog of the American photojournalist Steve McCurry – to go through it is kind of addicting, but it would also be too much at once. So I'll share little by little. Have a short stopover before journeying on.

    All contributions about beauty and pain of being human are welcome.

    (All images and quotes are from Steve McCurry's blog)






    The walking tree?






    All language is a longing for home. Jalaluddin Rumi.

    Home is where one starts from. T. S. Eliot.






    Conversations are the heart of what it means to be human. Theodore Zeldin.
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    Well, son, I'll tell you:
    Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
    It's had tacks in it,
    And splinters,
    And boards torn up,
    And places with no carpet on the floor --
    Bare.
    But all the time
    I'se been a-climbin' on,
    And reachin' landin's,
    And turnin' corners,
    And sometimes goin' in the dark
    Where there ain't been no light.
    So boy, don't you turn back.
    Don't you set down on the steps
    'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
    Don't you fall now --
    For I'se still goin', honey,
    I'se still climbin',
    And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

    Langston Hughes
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    Default Re: The beauty and the pain of being human. Images.

    This is a cross-post from another thread – for all who haven't seen it yet, and it fits here very well.



    HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

    What makes us human?

    2000 women and men from 60 countries, from the most different cultures and walks of life, telling a very personal story about women, love, work, poverty (vol. 1), about war, forgiving, homosexuality, family and life after death (vol.2), about happiness, education, disability, immigration, corruption and the meaning of life (vol. 3).

    After having watched the first half of vol. 2 all the little sorrows have shrinked to the size of nanoparticles

    It's more than four hours, but it works quite well to tune in at various points. If you make sure to start with vol. 1 and bear with it at least for the first seven minutes – I think I need not to say more.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/HUMANthemovie2015

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    Quote Posted by Iloveyou (here)
    Well, son, I'll tell you:
    Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
    It's had tacks in it,
    And splinters,
    And boards torn up,
    And places with no carpet on the floor --
    Bare.
    But all the time
    I'se been a-climbin' on,
    And reachin' landin's,
    And turnin' corners,
    And sometimes goin' in the dark
    Where there ain't been no light.
    So boy, don't you turn back.
    Don't you set down on the steps
    'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
    Don't you fall now --
    For I'se still goin', honey,
    I'se still climbin',
    And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

    Langston Hughes

    If literature could literally bleed this would surely be in the category.

    I still have eyes to see what the world would have me see but that doesn't mean I believe. - Sara

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    You can only come to the morning through the shadows. J.R.R.Tolkien

    Between the idea and the reality / between the motion and the act / falls the shadow. T.S.Eliot.







    . . finding the sublime.
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    'ok' indicates that landmines have been cleared
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    This famous, heart-wrenching photograph was taken in 1993 by South African journalist Kevin Carter.

    Carter later said that he did not try to help the little girl, and afterwards, sat under a tree and "Talked to God". He committed suicide a little over a year later.

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    .
    Having posted the above, I have to balance it with this. Humans are always drawn to help others (and beat up on themselves when they do not)... one of the divine attributes that makes us what we all are.


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    The human journey is the epitom of all deep experiences of sadness and beauty and challenges combined, let it be a good reminder and advocacy for any verdict that may be taken somewhere with regads to the human species, there's nothing like it in edges and polarity and unity and enormouse potential.

    Thank you very much I loveyou and Bill for your great compassion that is so evident in your posts, may we find the freedom, the right and obligation to live indepedently to our beauty rather than to our various hindrances



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    This is a history of "what brought us together in 2014."

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    This famous, heart-wrenching photograph was taken in 1993 by South African journalist Kevin Carter.

    Carter later said that he did not try to help the little girl, and afterwards, sat under a tree and "Talked to God". He committed suicide a little over a year later.
    This might be the very reason that we are essentially alone in the Universe. How could he have not helped that little soul? This makes me scream from the most primal of places.

    We are a prison planet for a reason. We deserve it.

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    This famous, heart-wrenching photograph was taken in 1993 by South African journalist Kevin Carter.

    Carter later said that he did not try to help the little girl, and afterwards, sat under a tree and "Talked to God". He committed suicide a little over a year later.
    This might be the very reason that we are essentially alone in the Universe. How could he have not helped that little soul? This makes me scream from the most primal of places.

    We are a prison planet for a reason. We deserve it.
    Hi AriG, I symphatise with your heavy feelings, that thought crossed my mind as well. It is hard to know what stops a man from reaching his hand and do something, Even though we do not know what he has been through himself up till this moment, what he has seen, how much his heart had to stiffen, we think we understand it all, we know we would do differently. This is not the first time that a professional photographer chose to continue with documanting as an observer and not participate in the reality that happens befor him, take a courageous stand. Sometimes it is unberable to experience our most difficult human moments. I don't think that we deserve it, though, none at all. We are not so much alone in the universe and 'others' has a significant weight in the events that are happening here, and certain hindraces that were not helpful in our growth and development and our ability to properly react to things, this comes up more and more as our days goes by. There is a need to fix it, please do not give up on us or on yourself so quickly

    Blessings ~

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    This famous, heart-wrenching photograph was taken in 1993 by South African journalist Kevin Carter.

    Carter later said that he did not try to help the little girl, and afterwards, sat under a tree and "Talked to God". He committed suicide a little over a year later.
    This might be the very reason that we are essentially alone in the Universe. How could he have not helped that little soul? This makes me scream from the most primal of places.

    We are a prison planet for a reason. We deserve it.
    Hi AriG, I symphatise with your heavy feelings, that thought crossed my mind as well. It is hard to know what stops a man from reaching his hand and do something, Even though we do not know what he has been through himself up till this moment, what he has seen, how much his heart had to stiffen. This is not the first time that a professional photographer chose to continue with documanting as an observer and not participate in the reality that happens befor him, take a courageous stand. Sometimes it is unberable to experience our most difficult human being moments. I don't think that we deserve it, none at all. We are not so much alone in the universe and 'others' has a significant weight in the events that are happening here, and certain hindraces that were not helpful in our growth and development and our ability to properly react to things, this comes up more and more as the days goes by. There is a need to fix it, please do not give up on us or on yourself so quickly

    Blessings ~

    Limor
    Oh Limor! I am so heartsick right now I can hardly bear it. Yes, we live on a beautiful, yet brutal planet. Nature takes its course, but what this man didn't do is the height of sociopathy. This child is of his kind and was facing death as the vultures waited for their meal. It doesn't matter what pain he had previously experienced. This baby was within his reach, within his power to affect, and he did nothing. What if that one simple act of saving that baby was the pivotal defining moment for the salvation of mankind? We can only hope and pray that the little soul has suffered no more abuse as it incarnates. One can only hope that the soul of the photographer can be retrained to care. He exploited that suffering, dying baby for the sake of his career. The height of evil. No better than the blood drinking lizards that rule the world. At least he had the good sense to kill himself, and forgive me for saying this if he was under the influence of external forces. That said, we always have free will. That's the primary directive of the game. Always free will...

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    I agree with you and concur, AriG

    I looked at Kevin Carter's Wikipedia page to see what's written there -

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Carter

    It says -
    Quote "He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up in a middle-class, whites-only neighborhood. In 1980, he witnessed a black mess-hall waiter being insulted. Carter defended the man, resulting in him being badly beaten by the other servicemen...

    In March 1993, while on a trip to Sudan, Carter was preparing to photograph a starving toddler trying to reach a feeding center when a hooded vulture landed nearby. Carter reported taking the picture, because it was his "job title", and leaving

    But there is another version to this story

    Joao Silva, a Portuguese photojournalist based in South Africa who accompanied Carter to Sudan, gave a different version of events -

    Again according to Silva, Carter was quite shocked as it was the first time that he had seen a famine situation and so he took many shots of the suffering children. Silva also started to take photos of children on the ground as if crying, which were not published. The parents of the children were busy taking food from the plane, so they had left their children only briefly while they collected the food. This was the situation for the girl in the photo taken by Carter. A vulture landed behind the girl. To get the two in focus, Carter approached the scene very slowly so as not to scare the vulture away and took a photo from approximately 10 meters. He took a few more photos before chasing the bird away.

    Two Spanish photographers who were in the same area at that time, José María Luis Arenzana and Luis DaVilla, without knowing the photograph of Kevin Carter, took a picture in a similar situation. As recounted on several occasions, it was a feeding center, and the vultures came from a manure waste pit."
    We can't know what is the correct version of the story, but we can assume from his suicide letter that he was not at all indifferent or evil.

    "I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain ... of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners ... "

    And with this may all the suffering souls on this planet be rest in peace and immerse in harmony, all the more reason for us to stand strong (outworldly and inworldly), recognise the great amount of conditioning, heal ourselves and say no more, recognise the parasitic energies that control and drive everyone's life here on this beautiful earth and claim our rights and soverginity to manage ourselves with no interferences whatsoever. And so it shall be ~
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    , heal ourselves and say no more,~
    Well said and thankfully qualified. But something you said stood out (above)... what does this mean?

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    That issue has reached such a depth and intensity in no time. Bill, Limor and AriG, you have touched what matters for us here, in its innermost core. It shall be the leitmotif.

    I've seen the image before and after a minute of staring, confusion and non understanding decided (half-consciously) that it should have no impact on me. But that was back then. As if there were no resonance, as if there weren't anything to not be felt immediately. Like running down the street and screaming without end. Some people do.

    Time to breathe out. The next two images again speak for themselves.







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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
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    Having posted the above, I have to balance it with this. Humans are always drawn to help others (and beat up on themselves when they do not)... one of the divine attributes that makes us what we all are.

    This one is particularly good ... Both the pain and the beauty, almost equally.
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    Quote The height of evil. No better than the blood drinking lizards that rule the world. At least he had the good sense to kill himself,
    Wow.

    Just, wow.

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    Fantastic photos by Abe Less
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