Each of us, as a human being, is as a universe unto ourselves.
It is as if you were everything, and nobody else is really anything.
This uniqueness reveals our dignity.
But how do we escape the self-centered universe in our own minds, to see the lives of others?
This is where we must engage in encounter.
Stories reveal our dignity and selfhood, and invite others into our own little "youniverse"
- when we listen to stories, we get out of our own heads and enter into empathy, compassion, and respect.
Encounter Youniverse is dedicated to upholding human dignity by sharing human stories.
share your story
Do you know yourself?
Do you know your story?
Do you know how valuable it is?
that human stories
share our selfhood
- they communitcate
the incommunicable -
with the world.
Your story is part of what
makes you, you. And we
want to share your story
with the world.
You can share your own story on Encounter Youniverse one of two ways:
1. Submit a photo of yourself (no selfies, no filters) with a written story (~200 words)
2. Submit a video of yourself (no filters) telling a story (30-45 seconds only)
Your story should be about something that changed your life, something that makes you unique, something that challenged you, a time you overcame trials, a time you felt joy, or a time you saw the beauty of humanity.
Send it to us on Facebook, Tumblr, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
take a moment to sonder
The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”
the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
To sonder is to rehumanize –
- to transfer our own understanding of how difficult and beautiful and awful and awesome it is to be human –
- for every single human being.
We could no more ask for a bomb to be dropped on our fellow man
nor propose they die by scalpel, vacuum, and forceps before birth
if we took sonder at their existence.
If we understood our fellow human beings as like ourselves,
we would not wish them ill;
we could only work for peace.
Nonviolence would be the rule
instead of the exception.
Encounter Youniverse is a project created by
who want to uphold human dignity
by sharing human stories
and help the world achieve universal human rights
through the power of empathy.
By submitting your photos, videos, and stories to Encounter Youniverse you are consenting to the unlimited sharing of that media through our website and social media channels, with small edits for grammar and spelling when necessary. We may add a filter to your photo/video for uniform aesthetic.