Issue 41

The Isolation, Community and Caring edition

A weekly dispatch from What We Seee. Part of an ongoing mission to fulfil the cultural promise of the internet. An enriching and eclectic collection of music, art, film and stories. Think of it as your digital 5-a-day.

The meaning of solitude

Isolation is a short film by Unfazed about a character who abandons society’s predictability in a bid to uncover the secrets buried within the mysterious and dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Throughout the film, the character works to uncover the meaning of solitude, isolation and how removing himself from the trappings of society helps him discover more meaning.

Keep an eye out for those that need a little care from their community

Right now, there are about 140 million kids classified as orphans, according to UNICEF. Clearly, this is an issue worthy of all our attention, especially because most of these children remain in state care for nearly two years.

While there are various ways to start conversations about foster care, Fosterhjem, a Norwegian foster care organisation has created a heartwarming ad that highlights the importance of developing a nurturing community and how the most generous of acts are often the quietest.

I am the master of my fate,
I am the the captain of my soul.

Listen to Nelson Mandella’s favourite poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henley, read by Morgan Freeman.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Experience the struggle with anxiety

‘Michael’ is a short film made for the Institute of Psychoanalysis by Matt Houghton. It follows a period in the life of a young man leading up to his decision to meet a psychoanalyst.

There are times in all our lives when our emotions feel overwhelming, and having psychoanalytic therapy can help us to better understand ourselves and to work through our difficulties.

Let me tell you about winds

In this ‘sandstorm’ scene from The English Patient peace is found inside amidst devastation outside. In isolation there safety and romance finds a way to blossom.

Cover photo

Embrace, 1982. By Robert Mapplethorpe

Embrace, 1982. By Robert Mapplethorpe


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