Being Human


LOVE is a 2015 Burning Man sculpture by artist Alexandr Milov from Odessa, Ukraine. It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature. The figures of the protagonists are made in the form of big metal cages, where their inner selves are held captive. Their inner selves are made in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children start to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives.

I can’t remember if I saw the picture of this sculpture on Facebook or Twitter, but when I saw it I thought, YES, this is what Being Human is all about.

After we become adults, we control our tongue, our emotions, our feelings and some of us close our heart. But ALL of us have that inner child in us that wants love, wants companionship, wants attention, and wants to feel safe.

Since we are adults, we don’t want to make ourselves vulnerable and only want to show strength. I think men are even more stoic and reluctant to show weakness than women, because society expects men to be braver and stronger than women. And for men, if they show emotions other than anger they are viewed as weak and not a man.

Regardless of being male or female, we have that inner child within us until we die.

After seeing this sculpture, I recall it with every encounter I have at work and everywhere. A simple smile, thank you, caring and being helpful feeds the inner child. I see the difference it makes for that person I’ve encountered.

The positive encounters I have with people I hope have a ripple effect.


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