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“Earthquakes and aftershocks: the things that turn us into brothers, the glue that binds our broken country together.”

Beltrán Soler, a seismologist in Alberto Fuguet’s novel The Movies of My Life

He would have to add the miraculous rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for 69 days to that list. I will never forget watching the rescue of the last few miners online and seeing the messages of joy pour in from around the globe. However much politicians might try and exploit our differences, I think this evidence of our common humanity is much closer to the truth.

China’s Charter 08, in honour of the Nobel Peace prize winner, also refers to universal human values:

“Freedom is at the core of universal human values. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom in where to live, and the freedoms to strike, to demonstrate, and to protest, among others, are the forms that freedom takes. Without freedom, China will always remain far from civilized ideals.”

– promoting freedom of another kind: Love Commandos, a group of volunteers in India rescuing couples whose lives are in danger because they want to marry someone from a different caste;

– a battle for freedom that was fought 50 years ago: Janice Mack Guess tells her story as one of the children who helped desegregate public schools in North Carolina;

– a senior financier admits that in rich societies many of the most highly paid people devote their skills to activities that cannot increase human happiness;

– cracked.com includes wealth amongst its 5 Things You Think Will Make You Happy (But Won’t) ;

– Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s installation in the Turbine Hall of London’s Tate Modern;

Carl Warner’s amazing food landscapes.

Have a good weekend.

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