Your dreams are the seeds of answers to other people’s prayers. This is how you become a channel for love, and it is often how other people receive what they have prayed for.
“Human nature doesn't change. You are wasting your time if you are trying to change how people behave. But if you change their tools, you can change whatever you want.”
We seek to build a physical space that nourishes curiosity towards our inner and outer worlds. A place where connection to self & others through mind & body catalyzes personal and communal transformation. A culture where play, experimentation, and exploration are made easy, default, and exciting. Where events are designed to promote community dialogue, mutual support, and social trust. A culture that is co-created, accessible, and inviting.
While it is possible to imagine an entirely virtual public library with no physical spaces to which people can come, it is as hard to imagine such a soulless entity as it is to imagine, say, a virtual national park that has no presence in the physical world. Indeed, one reasonable answer to the question of, “Why do we need public libraries when everything is on the Internet?” is, “Because the Internet is not a real place to which people can physically come. The public library offers real space that people occupy and share to the benefit of themselves and others.”
Library space makes it possible for people to learn, socialize, escape, and connect in ways that no other present-day space—private, governmental, or commercial—can.
Japanese concepts of space are ambivalent about boundaries, so being a part of a place means being in dynamic relationship with it. In Japan, a building can’t be in Tokyo without Tokyo being in the building.
Conflict and contestation are important parts of how healthy democracies progress, as long as there are structures that facilitate it. Functional public spaces are central to this work. They allow us to assemble, to share common experiences, and to demonstrate that what might have seemed like individual struggles are actually the result of unjust systems that demand correction.