“Reading each other cover to cover, open your heart and you will discover, your spirit will guide you, the Unjudgment Way.”
Inspired by the Human Library, these are the lyrics from Kathleen Finnigan’s beautiful song, “The Unjudgement Way”.
When Kathleen first stumbled upon the organization, she felt an immediate connection with the library. She told us, “I couldn’t imagine a better idea. It’s so logical! Everyone wants to feel accepted and unjudged.”
Residing in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kathleen was excited to learn about the New York Book Depot’s first virtual event in January. She did not have to wait for COVID-19 restrictions to lift before she could attend a Human Library event. “The books were awesome – they were interesting and open. It was such a great experience. I felt as though I was in an unjudgement zone”, Kathleen says about the session.
Kathleen belongs to two songwriting groups, both of which provide her with tremendous inspiration and support. In addition, she and her family are invested in their local community in Charlotte, and frequently take initiative to bring people together by organizing charitable and musical events. When we met with Kathleen, it was clear to us that she endeavors to generate a similar safe space, or unjudgement zone, through her songwriting groups and volunteer activities.
In many ways, Kathleen shares the values of the Human Library, and we are honored to be a source for inspiration for her creativity.
The Unjudgement Way: Lyrics
Each one and all have a story to tell
Never Shallow, but deep as a well
Title determined by head or by heart
Facing our demons, reaching for stars
Let’s borrow a person instead of a book
A human library, how would that look
A source of connection is what the world needs
Not just in our backyards, but all across the seas
The freedom to speak undoubtedly shows
Just how we feel when life comes to blows
Harness or ride it, the spirit’s in you
The answer, as always, is in the truth
When questions get answered, it’s easy to see
Each one of us all have the same needs
With love and compassion your soul will reveal
The Unjudgment way, your heart will heal
Bombarded by paper and digital streams
So little delivery by human means
Create common ground so all we can see
The person inside you and all you’ve achieved
Chorus: Reading each other cover to cover
Open your heart and you will discover
Your spirit will guide you… the Unjudgment way
And you will be ready for the Unjudgment Day