Like many people, I view almost every Humans of New York Facebook post. I used to have HONY syndrome: spending my days crafting responses for when I would be (inevitably) stopped and interviewed.
Brandon Stanton, the photographer and story magnet behind the blog, somehow gets people to share defining, intimate experiences with millions of other people, creating perhaps the most compassionate place on the Internet.
These experiences range from the circumstantial to the life-encompassing, the devastating to the inspiring, the observational to the speculative. Divorces, deaths, marriages, births, friendships, hardships, breakdowns, breakthroughs, daydreams, nightmares, moments of kindness, moments of weakness and revelations of all kinds are shared.
I’m regularly brought to tears or filled with hope for humanity. I’m always reminded that the autopilot tendency to box others in snap judgments is tragically limiting: how many people featured on the blog would be instantly judged or simply ignored when walking down the street?
I’m also reminded that each person is a complex being, shaped by infinite experiences.
Brandon recently traveled to Pakistan, a country that, at least from my perspective, is rarely explored beyond the prisms of extreme poverty and strife.
During his trip, dozens of people were interviewed. Brandon set out to expand his audience’s understanding of Pakistan. In my case, he succeeded.
Here are some posts that show the multifaceted nature of Pakistan: