The Simple Things

The Simple Things

Judith Giovannelli-Blocher

Many of us find today’s world frightening, because intrinsic values of civil community seem to be disappearing: social responsibility, respect, fairness, solidarity and compassion. The new book by Judith Giovannelli-Blocher shows how our individual experience of life can give us confidence and hope as well as serenity to help face the impositions of a society which seems to be getting colder and colder.

Based on her own experiences of everyday life, Judith Giovannelli-Blocher’s stories are deliberately low-key. And that is precisely why they offer clear support and orientation. They are about friendship, our responsibility towards others, and family bonds. They are about our insecurity when we meet strangers, but also about the ability to take life in our own hands, such as in the story of how one man wins back his wife after she has left him. They are about dealing with old age and dying with dignity. "I believe in the power of slowness", writes the author, and this is where she gets the sense of calm that taps an almost forgotten force from the experience of solidarity and compassion. A lucid, easily accessible and powerful book, which gives us courage and shows that the fundamental values are still valid in our world today.

The Simple Things

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