Monday, 10 June 2013

Can sharing secrets with strangers bring us together?

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I have been following a community art project online for a while now. It’s called ‘PostSecret’ you may have heard of it. The idea is people are invited to make homemade postcards illustrating their secrets and mail them in anonymously. Every week the website is updated with a series of secrets.

 Why is it so successful?

Because we want to feel connected to others.

I’ve found it compelling to have access to a boundless international community transcending nationality, religion, race, sexuality, age and gender all experiencing and harbouring the same kinds of secrets, problems, hopes and fears.

It demonstrates so clearly to me how we want to express ourselves as a species and find commonalities with strangers. It is reassuring to see that our trust in the kindness of people runs deep and in most cases of hardship, you are not alone.

Albeit an online platform for now, we are making connections and showing ourselves to the world and we are finding more in common with each other than we think.

Some secrets shared below.

For more see: http://www.postsecret.com/

Jenny Leonard

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