Monday, January 28, 2013

Blessings #16

Santigold - Master Of My Make Believe (2012)

I think it would be amazing if Santigold were to become President someday. Perhaps that sounds ridiculous because we have all these preconceived notions about politicians and what it means to be a leader but I can just feel it in my heart that Santigold would be an incredible leader of the free world. Her energy is just fantastic, full of good vibes and an inclusive spirit. She can make people move, rally around the dance floor if need be. She can call out against oppression and enlighten the masses. She can dazzle us and work the room with her magical persona. There's simply something about her that elevates the rest of humanity. It's a beautiful experience immersing yourself in her world. Every time I listen to her music, I feel better. Nothing's really changed that much but my heart is happier. Isn't that the ultimate goal of the President, after all. I mean, what has Barack Obama really done that's changed our lives? We're all pretty much in the same predicament we were in four years ago but don't we all feel better about things? He's worked his magic and helping us feel like America is a wonderful place. Santigold can do that, as well. That's why I'm endorsing her in 2016.

I Am - Tom Shadyac (2010)

What is wrong with our world? And what can we do about it? It all began with these two questions and evolves into a dynamic hopeful vision for humanity. Tom Shadyac, the prosperous director behind Jim Carrey's rise to fame, finds humility and then tackles the problems of the world. After a horrible biking accident forces him to face his own mortality, the multi-millionaire a-list Hollywood filmmaker travels all around the globe to talk to the great thinkers of today and see what they have to say about our plight. Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Elisabet Sahtouris, Thom Hartmann, David Suzuki, along with many others share their feelings on the social experiment of human civilization. The one thing they all seemed to understand is that, by looking back through out the history of the all animal social interactions, the groups that thrive are the ones that share a deep connection with one another. Even the great evolution of human beings was due to how strongly we developed our community and helped one another. The only way to survive is to truly embrace our interconnections with each other and the environment all around us. The major problem we face today is that human beings have forgotten what that means. We are no longer connected with one another in deep and complex ways. We are becoming more and more isolated from one another and it is leading to a destructive force that threatens to destroy the entire planet. We must learn how to reconnect with one another if we are going to make it. It sounds simple but this connection already exists naturally. There's even a scene in the movie that shows the power of our hearts. Every time our hearts beat we send out an elctro-magnetic pulse that affects everything in our environment, even inanimated objects. If we are suffering then our hearts send out suffering. If we are happy then our hearts affect the world with that joy. Even on this fundamental level, we are affecting the world around us. It is up to all of us to change our perspective. Do whatever we can to shift our lives so that we may create happiness in ourselves and bring it to the rest of the planet. Watching this movie is a good start, a first step toward a different reality.

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