being human by sandy nance

“I am not a huge fan of labels. I think they’re short-cuts. They help someone feel as if they know me when they don’t know me. They help others measure me and decide if they respect me without having a conversation with me.

Here’s the label I’m in favor of: Human.

What would happen in our communities if we threw out every single label but ‘Human’?”

“…there is a myth that the purpose of education is that of giving you the means for upward mobility and success. […]

The plain fact is that the planet does not need more ‘successful’ people. But it does desperately need more





and lovers

of every shape and form.

It needs people who live well in their places.

It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.”

David Orr

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
–Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Intro worksheet to practice Living out of our Priorities. This was created to help students increase awareness of how we spend our most valuable gift: our lives.

“I know that life is busy and hard and that there’s crushing pressure to just settle down and get a real job and khaki pants and a haircut.

But don’t.

Please don’t.

Please keep believing that life can be better, brighter, broader because of the art that you make.

Please keep demonstrating the courage that it takes to swim upstream in a world that prefers putting away for retirement to putting pen to paper, that chooses practicality over poetry, that values you more for going to the gym than going to the deepest places in your soul.

Please keep making your art for people like me, people who need the magic and imagination and honesty of great art to make the day-to-day world a little more bearable.”

–Shauna Niequist

“My view of human nature is that all of us are just holding it together in various ways — and that’s okay, and we just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we’re all these incredibly fragile beings.”

–Alain De Botton


“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”

–Thomas Merton