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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I AM (Documentary) (Trailer/Video)

Right before I was to go to bed last night, I was told about a documentary called I AM, by Tom Shadyac. If you do not know his name, you may know some of the work he has directed: Patch Adams, Ace Ventura, Evan Almighty, and more. He has done rather well for himself over the years, but came to realize that having the big house with all the bathrooms wasn't exactly making him happy.

He had an accident and the events of what happened were the generation point for the documentary. In the film he got to the point in the process that he said he felt ready to die, and if that was the case, and he was facing death, what would he want to say? He realized that he needed to share things that he was thinking about. He started by asking two questions: "What is wrong with the world?" and "What can we do about it?" and wound up heading in a different direction by the end of the short film (approx 75 minutes).

I found this an interesting thing to see at this point in my journey. According to many he spoke to, we are not inherently selfish. We are actually wired to be in tune with others, and to be cooperative. On some level I wonder if that is in still in some ways selfish, as when we are in tune that is when we are best able to survive. It is when we are out of tune that the thread of survival as humans seems to fray and unravel.

Some words like "selfish" are said as if they are a "bad" thing (for the record, maybe there are times it is - but I wonder how relative the term is, and how often it really, truly is the case). But what if being in tune with ourselves is truly what brings us in tune with the rest of the world and allows us to have an experience of harmony? It doesn't seem like such a bad thing, then, does it?

There is so much in this film that caught my attention, but I was falling asleep as I watched it. I need to watch it again. I am "renting" it from Amazon for the week, so I am definitely going to see how much more I can get it in, and absorb it. Perhaps I will come back and blog about it some more (more than likely I am guessing I will) and perhaps I may even consider getting myself a copy to be able to watch any time my little heart desires (and, by the way, you might look at your heart a lot differently after viewing). And...it also might just wind up a topic of conversation on WorldofPerspectiveRadio.com. And...who knows what else? Things like this often seem to have a life of their own.

Below is the trailer for the documentary, as well as a short interview with Tom Shadyac. If you are interested in viewing it, you can get more info on I AM on Amazon here. I believe, if you have Netflix, you can also watch it there.

Above is a poem and graphic that I created. I share it here, as it seems appropriate in some way to the message he shares. If you can, take the time to watch the film and see what you think. Perhaps it will inspire you in some way.

I love how it talks about so many things, and how it talks about how our perspective has a lot to to do with how we interact with the world. I often point to how "reality" hundreds of years ago was that the world was flat. It was a known fact. What "facts" do we believe today that bias and limit us in the same way that those who believed the earth was flat were limited? I  always love to see people asking questions. I think hope lives in the questioning. It is a sign to me that the person asking cares. Although, it wasn't something I thought about in this way - or realized - until just this moment.

Thanks for caring Tom, and thanks for sharing. And now I am happy to share this with others. Enjoy.





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7 comments:

  1. I am definitely going to watch this movie. I loved the line, "the basis of nature if cooperation and democracy." Yet we seem to live in turmoil. I look forward to learning more as I experience the movie.

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    1. There is a lot of greatness in this movie, and lots to think about. Would love to know what you thought of it.

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  2. I will have to check this out. I am a big fan of realizing how your perception shapes reality and of experiencing the happiness that is within us. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. It certainly gives one something to consider. You are welcome!

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  3. I really need to watch this film, it looks very inspirational indeed!

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    1. Curious to know what you think - if you are willing to share, please let me know what your impressions were/are. Thanks for dropping by.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this resource! I will certainly watch the film!

    Lisa

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