Fear, one of our core emotions, is a basic part of being human. But in modern times, we often wonder if panic and anxiety are becoming more of a roadblock to thriving than an aid to surviving. In this issue, KidSpirit contributors explore the many ups and downs of being afraid.
Does society shape individuals or do individuals shape society? Can one person impact a whole group? How do we balance independence and unity? Kids around the world delve into the questions that define our singular and collective identities.
Writers and artists take up the very fabric of our experience in this issue of KidSpirit. Is our perception accurate? Is reality actually real? Join us to explore the world through different eyes.
What drives us to explore the unknown? How do new or challenging experiences transform our lives? Where is the border between comfort and adventure, and what happens when we cross it? Join young writers and artists on an expedition to understand the human impulse to break new ground.
In a breakout issue of KidSpirit, contributors venture into the land of stories both true and imaginary. Journey with them through fiction, drama, poetry, and personal reflection to explore how the tales we tell shape our inner and outer worlds.
What does it mean to be alive at this moment? How is modern technology impacting our world and our experiences? Join KidSpirit contributors as they grapple with change, balance, and authenticity in their lives.
In this issue, KidSpirit writers and artists dive into the fundamental nature of life and loss. Journey with them from the beginnings of the universe to the demise of all we know, as they explore the infinite meanings of birth and death in our world and beyond.
What binds us together? What keeps us apart? How can we bridge divides to communicate across boundaries? KidSpirit contributors from all walks of life consider the lines that connect and separate our communities, families, and selves.
We all face challenges and change, falls and failure. Now more than ever, resilience is crucial to thriving in our world. In this issue of KidSpirit, young contributors plumb the depths of their experiences to explore the strength of the human spirit.
Do we live in an age of complexity? Why is it so difficult to appreciate the simple joys of life? Young writers and artists around the world grapple with balancing these concepts in the modern era.
In this issue, KidSpirit contributors delve into the mysteries beyond our grasp. From light years across the cosmos to the depths of our own minds, journey with them to the farthest reaches of the unknown as they embrace the questions that shape our lives.
What is our inherent worth as individuals? Can the labels placed on us by society predetermine the course of our lives? KidSpirit contributors consider their essential dignity and that of others as they reach for a deeper understanding.
What draws us to the realm of the fantastical? Why are we driven to explain the inexplicable? In this issue of KidSpirit, contributors investigate how things unknown, mysterious, and imagined have a very real impact on our lives.
Redolent with associations of home, family, and ancestry, this issue celebrates all that binds us to each other — from the quotidian experiences of food and tradition, to our larger sense of identity.
What makes someone a stranger? Are humans innately suspicious of others? Writers explore not only those who appear different or as outsiders — our traditional understanding — but also broader interpretations of the unknowable: memories of the past, lives of fictional characters, even parts of their innermost selves.
“The power of hope is far more energizing than the power of fear.” With these words, John McIlwain, Director of the Climate, Mind, and Behavior symposium at the Garrison Institute, framed a critical issue of our time: climate change. Although the thought of climate change can be a frightening one, KidSpirit contributors sow seeds of hope.
What drives us to explore new frontiers? Democracy, borders, leadership, innovation — these are just a few of the aspects of Discovery and Progress that KidSpirit writers and artists investigate in our fall issue.
What significance do symbols have within a culture? What is the purpose of numbers? KidSpirit contributors interpret myriad signs in our summer issue — a rich alchemy of exploration and storytelling, artwork and poetry.
KidSpirit writers engage in a rich exploration of the inner life, unmasking the creativity, boldness, and chaos of the human psyche while acknowledging our desire to understand ourselves.
Is truth absolute? How do we recognize what is true? How can we access our truest selves? These questions reappear at every stage of life and are the vortex of KidSpirit’s global community of truth-seekers in this issue.
Beauty is most often associated with our sense of sight — but in our Beauty and the Senses issue, KidSpirit contributors venture far beyond the visual to explore beauty in travel and thought, in song and the sublime.
From a look at gender roles in society, religion, and media to inner inquiry, this issue reflects both the changing landscape of today’s culture and the eternal questions of our relationship to self and the other.
Brave civilians. Firemen. Ai Weiwei. Ernest Shackleton. You. Which of these people is a hero? In this issue of KidSpirit, our increasingly global community of contributors examine the heroic in disparate times and places.
In plunging into a theme about what we call the “Ultimate Reality,” the “Almighty,” or, somewhat more whimsically, the “Great Pumpkin,” KidSpirit’s undaunted contributors from all corners of the globe share their voices and their vision.
Defying preconceptions about teens' attitudes toward money, KidSpirit contributors near and far grapple with a topic as enticing as it is polarizing.
The paradox of the eternal and the temporal is at the core of this issue of KidSpirit, showcasing a panoply of views from young thinkers and artists. From the experience of the “thin current” in our daily lives to explorations of eternity itself, this theme is both a reflection of the peculiarities of our era and of the mystery of the human condition.
Our educational experiences are critical in our daily lives as students and, not surprisingly, they continue to reverberate in our lives and our communities as adults. KidSpirit writers always seek to uncover new perspectives on weighty topics and their exploration of the learning process is no exception.
How do we live in accordance with our deepest beliefs and aspirations? Do we develop a moral sensibility as we grow or are we born with it? From start to finish, this issue takes us on a journey of inner exploration and asks us to consider where we stand in relation to humanity and the universe.
What is the imagination? What is the source of our creativity and how do we nourish it? These questions and others are at the hub of this issue of KidSpirit.
This issue explores the mystery of the funny bone. Really? You say. What was that bit in the KidSpirit tagline about tackling life’s big questions? Humor? You must be kidding…
This issue of KidSpirit goes to one of the deepest yearnings of our existence: peace. Most people, if asked, would say that they want peace to prevail. KidSpirit writers and poets probe that assumption from many vantage points in this potent issue.
When the Editorial Board pressed for this theme, I balked: “Seriously, you guys, do you really want to go this big?” They insisted that we should devote an issue to the question of meaning, with all its grandiosity and ambiguity. What evolved is a multi-faceted exploration that may leave you agape from its boldness.
What is Art? Why does it move us? These eternal questions are at the core of this meaty issue of KidSpirit, challenging us to consider our assumptions anew. Is music without sound Art? Is mathematics a form of Art? Is Manga an Art? “Yes!” our passionate writers argue.
How do we find balance in a fast-paced world? KidSpirit writers discuss stewardship of the planet, and how to be physically and psychologically healthy.
KidSpirit writers explore the common elements among different cultures and their celebrations. Is it important to learn how others celebrate? What happens when our rituals change? Must we change, too?
Are competition and achievement related? What does it mean to be a “healthy” competitor? Have we lost sight of the role that ancient values like honor play in our quest for success? These are some of the difficult questions that writers tackled in this issue of KidSpirit.
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