I AM – the Doc: We are All Connected

Sometimes several events dovetail together, and we just have to take in the significance.

The truth that we are all deeply connected has been brought home to us in so many ways over the past several weeks. The tragedy of the Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami has affected the entire planet, not just those in affected areas. The damage to the nuclear containment vessels at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is of concern to all.

Just the week before the earthquake, we saw the new documentary I AM with director Tom Shadyac present for Q&A afterward.

This amazing film drives home the point that everyone and everything living on this planet is interconnected with everyone and everything that has ever lived on this planet. We are breathing the molecules that were once breathed by the pharaohs, dancing on the dirt that was once trampled by the dinosaurs. Our thoughts and reactions affect everyone and everything around us. It’s not “woo woo,” it’s science, and this message has never been more important than right now.

We all know it, we just need to live it… and share it. On Facebook. On Twitter. On your blog.

Shadyac, best known for his comedy blockbusters Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty and The Nutty Professor, set out to answer two simple questions: with I AM:

What’s wrong with the world, and what can we do to fix it?

Ironically, in the process of trying to figure out what‟s wrong with the world, Shadyac discovered there‟s more right than he ever imagined, along with some major “a ha” moments.

  • Cooperation not competition, as well as consensus decision making, is more apparent in nature than we thought – as evidenced when observing a herd of 100 deer which one by one turn their heads toward the nearest watering hole until the 51st deer turned its head and they all moved together.
  • Humans actually function better and remain healthier when expressing positive emotions, such as love, care, compassion, and gratitude, versus their negative counterparts, anxiety, frustration, anger and fear.
  • Charles Darwin may be best known for popularizing the notion that nature is red in tooth and claw, but, as Shadyac points out, he used the word love 95 times in The Descent of Man, while his most famous phrase, survival of the fittest, appears only twice.

Watch the trailer for I Am – the Doc. Please check for showtimes near you and bring friends.

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