About How to Be Civil in an Uncivil World
How to Be Civil in an Uncivil World
Meant to uplift and empower, author Cynthia Basinet offers a collection of quotes and inspiration to help you see the light in every day.
In How to Be Civil in an UnCivil World, she shares a host of thought-provoking ideas, advice, tidbits, and more. She’s gathered these affirmations throughout the years to ensure you see the world rich in mind, rich in heart, rich in resourcefulness, and rich in grace.
About the Author
Cynthia Basinet, a renowned social change activist entertainer, is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She has used her musical and pop culture notoriety as a platform to draw attention to important issues like self-determination, intellectual and copyright infringement, and human rights, with an emphasis on the environment, refugees, women, children, the arts, mental health and disabilities, addiction, and recovery. This is Basinet’s first book.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
It plagued me for decades to fulfill an idea, suggested of idioms that seemed to relentlessly purge forth at any opportunity of advice summoned. Realizing it could be a book that could help others be rich in mind, rich in heart, rich in resourcefulness and rich in grace decided to publish. Finally, the moment arrived when the covid quarantine, stimulus money and “the times” collided.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
Hope the same millions who have sought refuge in my songs, find it in my words.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
James Baldwin because he was my first writer when my parents took us to the local library with my older brother Who was mentally challenged. When read James book, “if Beale street could talk” realized in just a few pages, words could transport. And he did influence my relocation to Paris, France.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
Have discipline, diligence and trust your heart. Create an early morning ritual and let it pour out.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
They can listen to me on @spotify
Buy me on @amazon
Qn 6. As a social activist what world events and concerns do you think are most crucial to resolve and what steps would you guide others on so that they could help?
All roads lead home and that home is intellectual property that resides amongst each and everyone of us no matter our creed race country or even homeless or displaced. The division that has occurred creating the mega billionaires is the unfair share of this intellectual property.
Qn 7. You have had a varied career as an actor, singer, activist and now an author, what would you suggest is the highlight of your career so far, and what do you still hope to achieve?
The idea to achieve a dream makes launching “Santa Baby” and subsequent successful music career is probably still at the highlight. I, like all good citizens of the Earth, I’d like to see peace on the Earth and that starts with the ability to live self empowered.
Qn 8. You were a Nobel Peace Prize nominee – how did you feel when you were put forward? It’s such an accomplishment to even be nominated, did you feel your work was done, or it encourages you to do more?
It helps give a platform to the other nearly thousand women nominated with me, who represents the tens of thousands of women working on behalf a peace projects around the World for years and many, for decades. It has also paved a path In speaking before the United Nations Security Council and other NGOs advocating for displaced societies such as the Saharwian living in self determination in the most inhospitable outposts of the Western Sahara.
Qn 9. What words of advice would you offer to someone who can’t seem to find their path in life or the thing that they are “good” at?
You have to develop a practice and discipline that gives you the silence to listen to and follow your heart and not the dictates of the media and fame.
Q 10. Are there any final comments you would like to share with the readers?
It took so many decades to bring these little words of comfort, one can only hope that if they do, please plant a tree and be kind.