Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty
Anne Herbert’s popular precept "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty" has been expanded by Margaret Pavel into a powerful message for our era, and for all ages. Combined with Mayumi Oda's watercolor art in the playful style of picture scrolls from 12th century Japan, this work offers delight and timeless wisdom for readers age three to one hundred.
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 are donated to community resiliency across boundaries and antinuclear advocacy.
"We can indeed transform the world, and we are each called to take part in this sacred work. Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty offers this simple and powerful message of wisdom and hope. Wherever you are, you can create beauty. Moment by moment, you can create joy. Instant by instant, you can offer kindness." —Desmond Tutu
- Paperback, 44 pages
- Recommended for ages 7-12 // Grades 1-7
- Originally published Nov 1993