A Haiku-like text with the message that each person can become an agent of goodness and beauty
With beautifully crafted words and exuberant watercolor illustrations, Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty offers a poetic and empowering message for world peace. Recognizing "we are right on the edge of destroying ourselves," this modern allegory inspires taking joyful steps to end violence. It expands upon the idea that "we are all in the circle together," and presents a timeless parable for readers of all ages. The Haiku-like text delivers a call to "make a new earth grow beneath our feet."
In the playful style of 12th century Japanese picture scrolls, Mayumi Oda's art depicts humans as animals who lose their way when their leaders become confused and drawn to violence. It is up to each individual—the frog who plants a thriving garden, the cat who supports an elderly neighbor as they walk—to create a better world through simple acts of kindness. The message of this book is the sweet realization that each person can become an agent of goodness and beauty.
This twentieth-anniversary, full-color edition, with a new foreword by venerable peacemaker Desmond Tutu, is dedicated to world peace and recovery in the face of world climate crises. All royalties will be donated to community resiliency across boundaries and antinuclear advocacy.
Anne Herbert is an American writer and a past assistant editor of CoEvolution Quarterly, a precursor to the Whole Earth Review.
Dr. M. Paloma Pavel is president of Earth House of Oakland, California. She is editor of Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis (MIT Press, 2009), and co-edits Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Books for MIT Press.
Mayumi Oda is an artist and global activist participating in anti-nuclear campaigns worldwide.