Storytellers: Bring Back Empathy
In America, we have gotten to a place where we are losing one of our most innate functions as living beings, communication with one another. How many times do you walk past people, or hold a door for someone, or even sit next to someone and not speak a word? How often do we see a homeless person and pretend as if we cannot hear their cries for help? These small choices have large ripples on the state of which our species currently exists; we have grown to lack understanding and relatability of each other. Because we don't speak, we assume that all Muslims are terrorists or that all Blacks are uneducated, or that all women are weak. Because we choose not to understand, our perceptions are based on fabricated conclusions that we have created and that is what divides us.
Often times, I look at nature as a source of understanding and one thing that is clear amongst other species and even other humans in less capitalistic societies, is that communication is a necessity. We ask questions of how we got to a place of destroying each other and the planet at the same time but look past the most obvious answers, and communication is the baseline. It is much easier to kill, steal from, bully & take advantage of something that you don't understand but by having a simple conversation, we can eliminate it all.
Walking through DuPont on my way to a shoot, I see this homeless man but there's something different than the typical sight that we see as homeless. This man, Lorenzo, is not only young but he's spreading positive energy to everyone that walks by. With each person passing by, he attempts to engage in conversation but fails....