Porcupines and Solidarity

Illustration by Ken Crane

Comments

  1. הורדות says:

    Awesome.
    Thank You!

  2. jyoti ohlian says:

    Alas! we are becoming more and more lonely in this new advanced and crowded world….

  3. First of all, the illustration and the story are so lovely. I know some friends who would cry if they saw this, too bad I no longer have a Facebook account to share it to.

    I wish when I decided to accept others’ thorns, they would also accept mine, why is it that others always expect that they can give away as much “thorns” as they can and yet they are not willing to accept mine?

    In the story, I’m sure not all the porcupines lived..I am going to be one of those porcupines who chose to die in the cold. Aaah death, such a very inviting idea.

  4. Olga says:

    Lindo.

  5. Ariadna Ugueto says:

    Los seres humanos nos hacemos daño porque no queremos aceptar que los demás sean diferentes a nosotros. El día que nos unamos sin importarnos las diferencias, el sol saldrá para todos.

  6. Sara says:

    very nice, thank you for uploading, this is exactly what I need at this moment.

  7. הורדות says:

    Awesome. Thank for shasring it, Paulo!

  8. Tarek says:

    :-) nice!
    I just was setting in tram today, and realized how lonely human are getting specially in the industrialized world. Ironically in the age of the so called social media we can see that computer chatting is taking the place of personal meeting, some have hundreds of Facebook friends meetings them only on the internet but they are lonely. Ipods on the ears and one is out of touch with life and voices around him! We have, thanks to modern technology, much less to do in comparison to our ancestors, but much less time left to ourselves and to the people around us.
    Back to the tram, I just was wondering what led human beings to be the only high developed animal that don’t show any reaction when another member of his species come close to him? I mean if two dogs, cats, horses , donkeys, and monkeys off course, pass by each other they would show some reaction or? :-)

  9. barbara says:

    Thank you again, my son had a blast watching this:)

  10. Marie-Christine says:

    Traduction en francais

    Les herissons et la solidarite

    Pendant la Periode Glaciaire beaucoup d’animaux sont morts a cause du froid. Voyant cette situation, les herissons ont decide de se reunir et de se proteger l’un l’autre.

    Mais ils se sont blesses avec leurs epines et alors, ils ont decide de se separer mutuellement.

    Ils ont recommence a mourir de froid encore. A ce moment la, ils ont du faire un choix – soit ils disparaissaient de la circulation, soit ils acceptaient les epines de leurs voisins –

    Avec sagesse, ils ont decide de rester ensemble a nouveau. Ils ont appris a vivre avec les petites blessures qu’une relation pourrait causer, parce que la chose la plus importante etait la chaleur donne par l’autre.

    Et a la fin, ils ont survecu.

  11. Marie-Christine says:

    I feel something is missing though.

  12. Marie-Christine says:

    Dear Paulo and Ken,
    Thank you for sharing the togetherness
    With love
    Marie-Christine

  13. THELMA says:

    A wonderful story, music and expressive paintings. Thank you, dearest Paulo Coelho and Ken Crane!

    The story just reminds me of … Marriage!!! :-)) The thorns of the ROSE or we .. die in the cold..
    LOVE,
    Thelma xxx

  14. CarmenMaria says:

    What a lovely story. Thank you Paulo for sharing with us.

  15. HECTOR says:

    PUERCOESPINES Y LA SOLIDARIDAD. EJEMPLO PARA LOS SERES HUMANOS, IMITEMOSLOS…

  16. Yilmaz says:

    Oh my god, this is soooo good, that it could be a great lullaby for children (and for adults). =)

    Ken, thanks for the amazing drawings and thanks Paulo for the post.

    I just wrote a post in my own blog regarding the final message of this theme. I used the Beatles song “All you need is love”. Thanks that the world has (had) The Beatles, Paulo, Ken, us here and everybody else…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4p8qxGbpOk&feature=player_embedded

    With love,
    Yilmaz

  17. Daniel says:

    Great story, beautiful illustrations Ken! Very timely for me too. Not surprising though, i always find what I need here, whether it’s inspiration or guidance. A thousand thanks.

  18. karen says:

    I was really rooting for those expressive porcupines! Love the art, Ken – and the story, Paulo! Now, if only more of the two legged humans would be so sensible and follow the porcupines’ lead ;-).

  19. It is a lovely story, so I came today here to read it. I think I read it before, here as well.
    I like the drawings of Ken Crane. I must start to do some drawings soon and show them to Paulo to see if he will like them.

    I will do some for the Alchemist as it is my favourite book, he’s like me, searching for his dreams and waiting for the Universe to listen to his wishes..

    Love&Light, Gabriela Romaria

  20. Adriana says:

    Wonderful, I’ll download the video and show it to my students!

  21. June Tan says:

    Inspiring, meaningful.. & touching =)

  22. Heimo Kruschinski says:

    A beautiful story with superb drawings. Thank you for this. There is a lot of truth hidden in it. I remember a quote, I think it fits quite well. It is from China.

    “As long as you do not forgive the others being different, you’re still far away from the path to wisdom.”

    I wish you all a wonderful evening

  23. Annie says:

    So very beautiful! thank you dear Ken and Paulo!
    and since we are on the subject of porcupines this is from Porcupine Tree :o)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIM5M6FmnmY&feature=related
    and
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jtc4dF721g

    <3<3

    Love and Gratitude
    Annie

  24. Ken Crane says:

    Thank you very much for the kind comments everybody!!

    Love & Gratitude,
    Ken

  25. Cynthia says:

    Now I must learn to remove the thorns in a timely manner so suffering will stop until another cold season (warmth with another) begins. Otherwise the thorns become baggage.

  26. kealan says:

    Wow wow wow… I really enjoyed that :) More! Bravo!

  27. Thankyou Ken, Paulo,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNAQ8LLptUo

    Still thinking about the dandelion story,
    “Learn how to love them. Although they are flowers you did not count on, they are still part of the garden.”

    Love to All, cheers for your day!
    Jane

  28. huma arshad says:

    COMPROMSISE IS THE WORD WHICH IS NOT COMMON NOW A DAY BUT IF WE ALL AS A COMMUNITY OR AS A NATION OR AS A SOCIETY BELIEVE ON THIS WE WILL BE IN PEACE AND CAN LIVE HAPPILY IN THIS PLANET BY GIVING SPACE TO EACH OTHER

  29. barbara says:

    Thank you Paulo and Ken!
    This just warmed up my heart, it is adorable:)

  30. Madan says:

    Thanks for this dear sir. this is what I exactly needed to hear from the universe and you have said it in the most straight forward yet in a funny way. I regard these words and their meaning of this story with high respect.

  31. Maria says:

    Boa tarde Guerreiro amado!
    Já tinha lido a história em outro post, com esses desenhos e a animação ficou maravilhoso!
    Mto bom ler novamente. As pessoas q mais nos aquecem são as q mais nos ferem e vice-versa. Temos q podar nossos espinhos pra machucar o menos possível. Antes eu pensava q os outros tbém podiam podar um pouco pra não nos ferir tbém, mas a realidade é que não, pq isso depende do outro e não de nós. Qdo a gente poda nossos próprios espinhos, acho q eles enroscam menos nos espinhos dos outros, mesmo q sejam uns espinhos grandes.

    Bjos

    Deus te ilumine

    S2

  32. Krity shrestha says:

    the porcupines look like innocent puppies…i had read it in Mr. Coelho’s blog earlier, glad to watch the video noww!!!Good job Mr. Crane and Mr. Coelho!! The kids will love this video version:)

  33. Lyl says:

    Why did you change the format of the blog?We can’t interact with each other anymore or see who answers who.It’s a mess.Nice video,not sure about the context,maybe,yeah,but nice work from Ken Krane.

  34. :) says:

    That’s very polished.
    Thank you.
    With love

  35. hehehe says:

    I guess it is not always true. sometimes it is better to frize and be on your own , rather than getting heart by someone else just to be safe ..Some times we stay with someone and who hearts us with his/her torns just because we are afraid of the cold weather out side

  36. Alexandra says:

    Good idea to present the story as a slide show. Lovely, I enjoyed it so much. Nice porcupines…( they resemble us, after all).