Inspiration! Roundup: Baroque Photography, Dancing Bettas, Instagram Stories, and More!

Inspiration roundup: New York Public Library Instagram Stories, Betta Fish, Baroque Photography
This Week's "I want to go to there": I have been spending a lot of time out and doing things. How about staying at home for a weekend and reading a book? That sounds nice!
Photo by iam Se7en.

Baroque Photography

Christy Lee Rogers' underwater photography looks like a baroque painting. Amazing.

Instagram Stories

I have always had a mixed relationship with Instagram Stories. I didn't really see the point - why post something if you aren't willing to have it live forever online? (Because I think we should always assume that something posted online will live forever until we transition into the post-apocalyptic world where technology is dead and useless and we all have to remember how to live off the land again.)

HOWEVER! The New York Public Library has done something very cool with their Instagram Stories. You can go there and read classic novels! In the stories! It's amazing! Just hold your thumb in the bottom right corner until you're done reading the page, and then it will turn the page and you can read more. There are some stunning animations to boot.

I love libraries.

Dancing Fish

Visarute Angkatavanich photographs betta fish as if they were the most graceful dancers. The results are stunning!

Talking to Bullies

Dylan Marron has conversations with his online bullies, and it's turned out to be incredibly positive. I'll admit, I always have mixed reactions to stories like this. On one hand, it is a beautiful example of how transformative empathy can be and the value of seeing the "other" as a real person. When a person who is full of hate has a meaningful encounter with a person from one of their target groups, it is the best way to change their heart. On the other hand, that is a lot of work that oppressed or targeted people shouldn't have to do.

Is it Political?

"The difference between an actual discussion (where we seek the right answer) and a political one is simple:

In a political discussion, people don’t care about what’s correct or effective or true. Facts aren’t the point.

The honest answer to, 'if it could be demonstrated that there’s a more effective or just solution to this problem, would you change your mind?' is, for a political question, 'no.'"
-Seth Godin

I think we could help make our conversations, and thus the world, a better place if we asked ourselves this question more often. What would we need to see to change our minds? Are we actually open to seeing it?

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