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 Fukushima recovery in the face of world climate crises. All royalties will be donated to community resiliency across boundaries and antinuclear advocacy.
Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty HC
New Village Press
BISAC Subject Heading
OCC000000 BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
JUV000000 JUVENILE FICTION
North American school grade range
US Library of Congress classification (LCC)
B CLASS B - PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION
Theme: Human resilience and survival is dependent on our ability to strive for goodness and create peace. We all have the power.
Anne Herbert, Margaret Paloma Pavel, Mayumi Oda
Title First Published
30 September 2014
Subject Scheme Identifier Code
93 Thema subject category: VX
93 Thema subject category: YFB
93 Thema subject category: QD
Book Trade Category
International edition (US)
Nb of pages
With printed dust jacket
30 September 2014
New York, United States
Main content page count 36
Absolute page count 40
full-spread watercolors depict story through animal characters
18 illustrations, color
7 x 8.3 in.
This is the real article, brought to us by streetwise bodhisattva, Anne Herbert, who authored the phrase you see on walls and bumperstickers, and Margaret Pavel, word wizard, systems thinker and global therapist, along with Dharma artist Mayumi Oda, whose wondrous frogs remind us that this time we awaken with all beings.
- Joanna Macy