What Can Fear Teach Us About Love? Hanan Harchol’s Animated Short

Susan Leem

was an associate producer at On Being.

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February 21st, 2013

What can we learn about love when we embrace fear? Advice from Hanan Harchol’s latest animation.

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February 5th, 2013

A retired exec-turned-woodturner follows his compass to reveal the inner beauty of felled trees in massive, delicate works of art.

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January 29th, 2013

A photographic tour of the biggest holiday for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. The religious relic known as the Ark of the Covenant holds a special role in this celebration.

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January 9th, 2013

The Zen abbot walks a live audience through this guided meditation on encountering grief. Download and share with your friends and family.

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November 21st, 2012

Feelings of guilt, normally shunned or discouraged, can actually signal a capacity for leadership. What does this say about people who never feel guilt?

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November 1st, 2012

What are your favorite saints?

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October 26th, 2012

Folks continue to gift us with picturesque images of their physical sanctuaries and healing spaces. The common themes? Home and nature.

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October 25th, 2012

Are the candidates failing to make room in public discussion for morality and values among weighty political issues?

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October 4th, 2012

What a little-known figure of speech, the polysyndeton, can do for style — even in the Bible.

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September 26th, 2012

Activists from two embattled sides find their way to the same table following a public tragedy. The intention? Communicate openly, without necessarily finding common ground.

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September 5th, 2012

Read highlights of Krista’s interview with Alain de Botton, and experience his philosophy in Twitter-form.

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August 15th, 2012

When Hanan Harchol’s character tells his parents that he’s breaking up with his girlfriend, they say that real love is not about focusing on your own needs. Do they have a point?

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July 18th, 2012

A photo essay capturing the festivities of Pioneer Day in Utah, an occasion when Mormons celebrate their ancestors’ journeys with reenactments of the Mormon pioneers difficult trek, flowing parades, family barbeques, and late-night fireworks.

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July 3rd, 2012

Will Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson be the next historical religious figure to make it to Broadway?

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June 18th, 2012

Some beautiful photos of Pagans and others celebrating summer solstice around the world. Who wants to jump the fire with us?

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June 6th, 2012

The pioneering oceanographer and explorer describes walking on the ocean floor under a quarter-mile of water where light can scarcely reach.

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May 31st, 2012

Janna Levin launches a new film about Alan Turing at the World Science Festival.

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May 31st, 2012

Researchers are finding that students who show signs of depression clearly have different patterns of Internet use.

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May 22nd, 2012

The same evening that 40,000 Orthodox Jews gathered for a rally to consider the dangers of the Internet (and its responsible use), an email from a local conservative synagogue arrived in my inbox to remind me of a ritual for observant Jews to count the Omer.

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May 21st, 2012

Researchers at the University of Ottawa discovered that bumblebees don’t have a natural preference for symmetry in nature. In the journal Learning and Motivation, the Canadian scientists’ found that once bees learn to distinguish bilateral symmetry by rewards for symmetry, they begin to strive for the perfect flower.

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May 9th, 2012

Is there a limit to this thing that so many artists chase?

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May 9th, 2012

“In order to go up you must go down, you must go down through your base, down through a sense…

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April 6th, 2012

The Thursday of Holy Week (the week before Easter) has special meaning for Christians. Often referred to as Holy Thursday or…

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March 30th, 2012

In this animated video, Hanan Harchol explores a Jewish folktale as a source of reflection on the connection between happiness and gratitude.

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March 20th, 2012

On this first day of spring, Persian families around the world are greeting each other with “Sal-e No Mobarak!” and “Happy New…

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March 19th, 2012

Charles Dickens says a human response that shames us can also change our hearts.

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March 19th, 2012

Kevin Kling is “part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man.” And, we here at On Being were delighted…

Statue of an angel grieving in a cemetery in Houston, Texas.
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May 28th, 2011

“Complicated grief” – a yearning for a lost loved one so intense that it strips a person of other desires. And dealing with it may mean retelling the details of a loved one’s death and listening to it again and again.

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