What are the pros and cons of automatic functionality versus conscious effort? How do they affect quality of life? And how had this particular call for secrets elicited such a powerful response, through handcrafted, snail mail postcards no less?
Placing a secret on a post card and having it go anonymously online differs markedly from the carefully crafted telling of a secret in a context of meaningful relationships. The former may be a rehearsal for the latter, but it never replaces it.
It's an amazing project that lets us take an unfiltered look at the unspoken truths that could live in any of our hearts, souls, or minds. Frank has provided this unique outlet for so many people to truly free themselves of their secrets. But what about the secrets we regret?
It also makes technology's powerful ability to save pieces of the recent past for us crystal clear. Who knew something as mundane as a saved voice mail could be such a simple yet profound document of life and death and love?
I began collecting and sharing secrets in 2004. I printed 3,000 self-addressed postcards with simple instructions about sharing an artful secret. I passed them out to strangers on the streets of Washington, D.C., not knowing what to expect.