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Friday, January 25, 2013

Web company Soul Pancake asks strangers to make a friend while sitting in a ball pit

Soul Pancake is a "new media" company and website that seeks to answer big questions of our current generation in the areas of philosophy, science, religion, the arts and more by asking simple questions (in the old, if you had 24 hours to live, what would you do?" format in so many words).

As I haven't been posting very much at all  in the past two months or even longer with the ebbs and flows of my life moving about as they are, and with my new mantra of 2013 being, "Do more, live better, experience more," I thought this video only fitting. In it, a playground-esque, ball pit filled with an assortment of colored balls with larger balls with philosophical questions written on them interspersed among the balls is placed in the middle of what appears to be an urban city center. Over the pit a large banner reads, "Take a Seat & Make a Friend."

When we're young, we're taught to not talk to strangers and are warned of "stranger danger" by shows like Sesame Street and guided by our confidence in our families and neighbors to protect us from harm. But while our elders might only have our best interests in mind with regard to criminal elements, such as pedophiles, and identity thieves and the creepy guy who might put a razor blade in your candy apple at Halloween, isn't there something to be said about the idea of, "I don't know you, so I can't talk to you" being a cold and all too distancing approach for socializing and making new friends? Have we taught our children the beauty of small talk with other children? Have we taught them to recognize  a helpful adult and not just a hazardous one? More to this point, have we taught ourselves that it's okay to give a simple nod hello to somebody we make eye contact with on a given day on random street under the right circumstances? And finally, could the experiment in the video below be the start of it? Judge for yourself and of course…. Roll on!

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