Inspirations for The Kin Project

1. Ugly Politics.

The idea for The Kin Project bubbled up slowly over the shit-show that was 2016. Both Brexit and the US Presidential election revealed that a divisive, racist, misogynistic, "us vs. them" mentality is pervasive across the globe. The confirmation that hordes of people really think like that horrified and exasperated me.

 

It's just so ignorant and counter-productive, like entire populations are slipping back into medieval times. These two political events convinced me that I really needed to do something; to take my own personal little stance* against the extremely ugly sentiment they exposed.

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2. Aliens.

 

It's just... we're all human. We're all kin. If aliens invaded planet earth tomorrow, and they were evil pricks who just wanted to harvest our organs and plunder our planet's resources, we'd all be on the same team, right? Male, female, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, African, Chinese, American… hell, even the English and the French.

We'd all come together to fight those tentacled, three-headed bastards from planet Zogor. So why can't we come together now? Why are we talking about building walls? Why are we tearing each other down and apart? Can we not do better?

 

 

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3. Syria.

 

Syria was another "inspiration" for The Kin Project - though that word seems completely incongruous with what is happening there. That heartbreaking photo of little Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach? My daughter was the same age as him when he died. 

Can you imagine how atrocious the conditions in Syria must be to make parents feel like their only choice is to clamber on board a boat and set off into the midnight darkness? Could you imagine clutching your child tightly to you as the boat struggles against the waves, the gut-wrenching horror as the two of you are washed overboard, the violent despair when you lose your grip on your baby, his terrified screams before you go under?  How could you ever turn your back on the people of Syria?

 

DONALD, I'M TALKING TO YOU.

I want to round up the greedy morons responsible for this nightmare, bash their heads together and tell them to sort this shit out. This is not acceptable. People's babies are dying. But I can't. All I can do is make yet another donation to some overworked charity, which just feels like putting a band aid on a bullet hole.

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4. Self(ish)-help.

I'm all for improving oneself, but I'd rather have a root canal than let my friends see me chanting affirmations at my reflection in the mirror. My problem with self-help is that it's awfully ME, ME, ME, isn't it? I think a lot of our own problems could be solved if we spent our time helping others with their problems. 

 

I mean, let's face it. If you've got the time and money to be whipping up acai bowls for breakfast and flying off to meditation retreats in the name of self-help, you don't really have REAL problems, do you? The Kin Project is about improving yourself... without being a narcissistic wanker.

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Can you imagine how atrocious the conditions in Syria must be to make parents feel like their only choice is to clamber on board a boat and set off into the midnight darkness? Could you imagine clutching your child tightly to you as the boat struggles against the waves, the gut-wrenching horror as the two of you are washed overboard, the violent despair when you lose your grip on your baby, his terrified screams before you go under?  How could you ever turn your back on the people of Syria?

 

DONALD, I'M TALKING TO YOU.

I want to round up the greedy morons responsible for this nightmare, bash their heads together and tell them to sort this shit out. This is not acceptable. People's babies are dying. But I can't. All I can do is make yet another donation to some overworked charity, which just feels like putting a band aid on a bullet hole.

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Syria was another "inspiration" for The Kin Project - though that word seems completely incongruous with what is happening there. That heartbreaking photo of little Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach? My daughter was the same age as him when he died. 

The racism, the xenophobia, the greed, the ignorance - so much ugliness. I wanted to do something to offset it.

SELF-HELP = NARCISSISM?

PURPOSE

KIDS

A FUNERAL

STROLLER STRENGTH

 

Barbara Cooney wrote a lovely children's book called Miss Rumphius about a young girl who tells her grandfather that when she is grown, she wants to travel the world and then live by the sea. He tells her that there is a third thing she must do with her life - she must do something to make the world more beautiful.

 

I think everyone should start to heed that very simple instruction. The rhetoric from so many political leaders revolves around furthering their own interests ("America first!") and ignoring the plight of the rest of humankind. It's all about grabbing as much as you can get even if:

A) You don't need it.

B) It means screwing over everyone else.

Where is that sense of social responsibility? Where's that very basic decency of everyone looking out for each other? Is it really that hard to just not be a dick? 

The chief aim of The Kin Project is to get people to do something - anything - to make the world a better place.

*Granted, that action has been slow... As I write this, it's April 2017. What can I say, I'm a prime example of the type of person who needs The Kin Project - I mean well, but life just sort of gets in the way.

"That which does not kill you postpones the inevitable."

~The bowels of Pinterest

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