Ok, I’m taking a little break from the usual book-related topics to talk about a documentary that I saw yesterday that really touched me. I found it very moving and inspiring and like with all things when people discover something they like, they share and want everyone else to love it too. Let me begin by saying I’m not really a big documentary fan. But this one was really really very interesting.
I am. This was written and directed by Tom Shadyac. If you’re not familiar with the name, he is the same guy who directed Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor and Bruce Almighty. He was a very successful director who got into a bicycle accident one day and what he realized after that changed his life and his perspective on life. This documentary is a result of that. He goes about talking to people about two major questions:
1. What is wrong with the world?
2. What can we do about it?
It is a 78 minute film covering a range of topics that boil down to one simple concept: humans are the problem, and we are the solution. Not to go hippie, new age on you, but everything is alive. The earth is a living being, the plants, the air and the animals in it are alive and we (the human race in general) do not treat them with the respect they deserve. We do not even treat each other with the respect that we deserve. Have you noticed the powerful and amazing things that we can do when we work together, when we care for one another, when we stop being selfish for just a minute? Its truly powerful and amazing. And yes, ONE person CAN make a difference. One person can make big changes, and one person can change the life of one other person and that makes all the difference. What else are we here for? There is no one else that is going to start making these changes, it is us. We are the only ones that can do something. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Even more than that, this film studies the science behind it all. Yes, the science behind how emotions affect not only our brains and chemical makeup but of the thing around us. I just love this kind of stuff. Its really fascinating and some of the experiments they do I wouldn’t mind doing myself! Even Darwin’s studies prove that we are all connected. This discovery changed Tom Shadyac’s life. It has changed my life and the way I look and think about things.
Has anyone else seen this? What do you think? If not, check out the website or go watch it now on Netflix and come back and tell me! Seriously. Go. Now.
5 out of 5 stars.