The objective of the Hear Me Project is to foster a safe space which allows people to wrestle with life’s difficulties, mysteries and dilemmas, to create a stronger sense of community in which positive and healthy dialogue is fostered and to rediscover dialogue as source/means of individual and collective healing.
Every day it seems more apparent that our nation is rife with division; political division, religious division and socio-economic division among many other schisms. Although social media has its rewards in keeping us connected us to our friends, family and loved ones it also presents a challenge in the modern world. Because people spend their time behind computer and phone screens they are able to evade the rituals of human contact like looking someone in the eye and the practice of truly listening; rituals that help to ground and enlighten us to a different perspective. Consequently, there has been an unseemly amount of divisive rhetoric that is proliferated on social media. Although there is a tendency for us to isolate ourselves and become swallowed in our singular cadences of our own doubts and fears, or become rigid in a tribal mentality, it seems even more imperative that now more than ever, we need community.
The premise of the Hear Me Project says that we may not have all the same answers, but as human beings we most likely all wrestle with many of the same universal questions. The questions that we hold within ourselves, when we allow others to hold space for us in hearing them, can be a transformative tool of connectivity from one human being to another.