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Everyone needs to see this movie: I AM

April 4, 2011

This weekend I saw a documentary called I AM that was just amazing. It’s only playing in a few cities right now, but you have to see it because it could – I hope will – change the world.

Tom Shadyac, director of Ace Ventura and The Nutty Professor, created this documentary that focuses on two main, enormous questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?

Tom’s a very successful guy, a millionaire, but after becoming quite sick, he realizes that perhaps the life he was living was not the ideal. He had a big house, a nice car, a private jet, but he begins to realize that that is not really what life is all about.

He interviews some amazing people – Howard Zinn, David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Archbishop Desmond Tutu – and asks them what is wrong with the world and how can we fix it. They respond with an amazing idea – human nature is not to be competitive and “survival of the fittest;” our basic nature is to be cooperative, democratic, and loving. But its not just an idea – they have scientific evidence and they illustrate a world that would be so much better than the one we are living in. A world where people work together, care about one another, and take care of the environment and all its species, because aren’t we, really, just all in this together?

It was an amazing film and I hope that it is watched by millions, so that we can – one person at a time – transform our world in a much better, healthier, loving place to live. Doesn’t that sound a whole lot better than what we are doing now?

I never cry at movies, but this documentary made me cry. I left the theater so very sad, but hopeful. I hope we can change our crappy, dog-eat-dog world and create a culture where people actually care about each other, want to help one another, want to care for those who are less fortunate, where we value free time and relaxing over stressful, crazy jobs, and where people feel community with those around them. I’m doing my part here in my corner of the world. Will you do yours?

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