When Stranger Meet by Kio Stark (2016)

Tell me what you mean when you say the word stranger.

  • Someone you’ve only seen once.
  • The entire world of people you’ve never met or encountered.
  • All the people who are unknown to you but possibly knowable, the people who you’re aware of as individuals in some way, but have never met or encountered in person.
  • People you have personal information about but have not met, like a friend of a friend, or a public person.
  • A person who doesn’t share your context, whether that is ideological or geographical.
  • A person you don’t have anything in common with.
  • Someone who is not part of any group you define yourself as belonging to.
  • Someone you can’t understand.
  • Someone who is a threat.
  • Someone you encounter frequently but don’t know anything about other than what you can observe.
  • Someone whose name you don’t know.

We are surrounded by individuals, not categories. There are adventures to be had here, adventures you can set out for every day of your life. To really understand how you divide the world, to use your senses to choose whom to make familiar, and to stop and say hello to a stranger, these bold acts can transform your emotional experience of the public world. And you can transform the public world itself right along with you.


Cities are machines for interaction among strangers, and more than fifty percent of the global population now lives in cities.


Design by MGMT.design
Illustrations by Julia Rothman

Naturally Mindful by Leaping Hare Press (2013)

ONE DROP
One drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act. –Hannah More, English Writer (1745-1833)

BOUND TOGETHER
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. –Attributed to Chief Seattle, Native American Chief (1786-1866)

SPONTANEOUS CHANGE
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. –Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher and Poet (c. Sixth Century BCE)

OPENING TO THE SUN OF COMPASSION
Compassion is like the sun. We do not need to create the sun; we simply wait until the clouds part and the sun will shine. –The Happy Buddha

LIVING PEACEFULLY
Create health, beauty and permanence and learn to live peacefully, not only with our fellow humans but also with nature. –Satish Kumar (‘Soil, Soul, Society’)

SEEDS
All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. –Anon

BE GLAD
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars. –Henry Van Dyke, American Author and Clergyman (1852-1933)

Religion for Atheists by Alain De Botton (2012)

Art has a role to play in this manoeuvre of the mind upon which, not coincidentally, civilization itself is founded, because the unsympathetic assessments we make of others are usually the result of nothing more sinister than our habit of looking at them in the wrong way, through lenses clouded by distraction, exhaustion and fear, which blind us to the fact that they are really, despite a thousand differences, just altered versions of ourselves: fellow fragile, uncertain, flawed beings likewise craving love and in urgent need of forgiveness. – Perspective

(A Temple to Reflection) Because we are drawn in architecture to styles which seem to possess some of the qualities we lack in ourselves, it is little wonder that we should be readily seduced by spaces that are purified and free of distraction, and in which stimuli have been reduced to a minimum – Architecture

Reproduction Illustration by Cat Johnston

你今天末日了沒 by 林夕 (2015)

問題 • 答案
有些問題
你覺得沒有問題
你就很有問題
你自以爲是答案
你也惹出了問題
你從不問問題
你也成了問題一部份
你的問題不只一個答案
你就不成問題
你很會問問題
你本身是答案
你依賴答案
你終身都有問題

一追再追
在追求快樂的壓力下受壓
在追求愛情時恨上更多人
在追求完美時留下更多污點
在追求真相中變迷信
在追求逍遙中忙壞了身體
在追求結果後懷念過程
最後追求無求
反受盡求不得之苦

通識
當我談戀愛
其實在玩政治
當我講政治
其實像在歌影視中
尋找偶像
當我膜拜偶像
其實在皈依宗教
當我成為教徒
其實也就是粉絲

Yi Yi (2000) by Edward Yang

楊德昌 作品《一一

在婆婆的葬禮上,洋洋念了一段自己寫的話送給婆婆:「婆婆,對不起。不是我不喜歡跟你講話,只是我覺得我能跟你講的,你一定老早就知道了。不然,你就不會每次都叫我『聽話』。就像他們都說你走了,你也沒有告訴我你去了哪裡。所以我覺得,那一定是我們都知道的地方。婆婆,我不知道的事情太多了,所以,你知道我以後想做什麼嗎?我要去告訴別人他們不知道的事,給別人看他們看不到的東西。我想,這樣一定天天都很好玩。說不定,有一天,我會發現你到底去了哪裡。到時候,我可不可以跟大家講,找大家一起過來看你呢?婆婆,我好想你,尤其是我看到那個,還沒有名字的小表弟。就會想起你常跟我說:你老了。我很想跟他說:我也覺得……我也老了。」

吉本芭娜娜作品系列 Banana Yoshimoto (2019)

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