I am

At the end of our class, I enjoy showing Tom Shadyaco’s documentary I Am. I was fascinated by the film because it discusses many of the aspects our class addresses and provides a paradigm for thinking about how to move forward in the world using our sociology lessons. And this is especially true if you have felt that the inequality that the class is dealing with makes you pessimistic or depressing.

You can watch it here via mediacast. Below are my film comments on the most important parts of the film and the parts of our class related to the film in parentheses. I think this film is a great inspiring way to summarize our class and apply it to your life. But come back and visit again, review again, and remind us of our class lessons. As you get older and more experienced, they will mean different things to you. This applies to all lessons in our class, so I hope you will remain one of my students and one of my teachers. Peace and love for you

This documentary was made by Tom Shadyac, writer / director of many Hollywood great films: Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Allmighty, Patch Adams, Accepted and I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry. After a serious injury, Shadyac asks, “What’s wrong with the world? And what can we do about it? ”

For humanity to survive, it will require a new way of thinking“- Albert Einstein

Author of Lynn McTaggart’s book The Field

Science has recently begun to prove what ancient myths and religion have always supported: there can be such a thing as the life force.

Lynne McTaggart, a tireless investigative journalist, reveals a radical new biological paradigm: that at our fundamental level, the human mind and body are not separate and separated from the environment, but a package of pulsating forces constantly interacting with this vast sea of ​​energy.

The field is a highly readable scientific detective story that presents a stunning picture of an interconnected universe and a new scientific theory that makes sense of supernatural phenomena.


David Suzuki is the author of Holy Balance

What are the real needs that need to be met in order to live a rich and fulfilling life? This is an issue that David Suzuki is addressing in this large-scale study. Suzuki initially introduces the concept of humans as creatures of the Earth who depend on the gifts of air, water, soil and solar energy. It shows how people are genetically programmed into other types of society and suffers greatly when we fail to live in harmony with them. And he analyzes those deep spiritual needs rooted in nature that are also an essential component of a loving world. Based on their own experience and that of others who have exercised their beliefs,Sacred balanceis a powerful, passionate book with concrete suggestions for creating an ecologically sustainable, satisfying, and just future by rediscovering and meeting the basic needs of humankind.

Author of Thom Hartmann’s book The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight details in three parts the damage to our biosphere, the reasons why our culture would inevitably do so, and how we can solve the problem.

Elizabet Sahtouris, an evolutionary biologist, author of Gaia’s Dance

Dean Radin, Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Chris Jordan, photographer. Works of art for change. I Pluribus Unum project. Turn powerful statistics into the art of Ted Talk.

Dacher Keltner of C Berkley, Greater Good Science Center.

Noam Chomsky,
Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

John Francis of Planetwalk and author of the site
Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate in the Peace Foundation
Coleman Barks, translator of Rumi,
Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael
Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface

Part 1: What’s wrong with our world?
Social construction of scientific and cultural values

Science is history. It changes over time. Part of the history of science since the Enlightenment is that humans are like machines; we are made of materials and we are mechanical. We operate in the world on that premise. This is how we divide each other and our world.

Culture and American values
This way of thinking creates separateness, competitiveness, and materialism that permeate Western society, especially the United States.

“Be suspicious of what you want.” -Rumi

Indigenous Americans noticed this way of thinking when Europeans first came to America. They have the word “wetico,” which means a kind of cannibalism where one culture eats or destroys the way of life of another culture.

“One of the stories told to us is that we live in a reliable, well-behaved universe that works predictably independently of each other. 

We tell ourselves the truth and the lie. The truth is that we need a small amount of physical things to be happy: warmth, shelter, food, friendship. The lie is that if so many things make you happy, it will make you twice as happy and ten times as happy. 

Masculinity and competition
One of the myths propagated that prevents us from realizing this interrelationship is the belief that it is the essential nature of the people to be competitive, not to cooperate, to dominate, not to subordinate, to pursue a kingdom against democracy. This is a myth that is inaccurately propagated by Darwin’s supporters. Instead, the foundation of nature is egalitarian, cooperative, and democratic.
We now know that we are more than the sum of all our parts and are concerned with much more than ourselves. Every individual is related to all other people not only in the US but all over the world. And everyone in the world is connected to everything that is alive. And all living things are related to the dead.
Socialization and dynamics of nature care

Desmondas Tutu,

A lonely person is impossible. We have emerged as a community of people. We are completely and utterly dependent on other people to be human. The truth is that we are because we belong.

Darwin mentioned twice the “survival of the strongest” and 95 times “love.” People evolved to collaborate. Sympathy is the strongest human instinct. We have mirror neurons that help us empathize. Our nomadic nerve helps us rise to compassion.
Vagus nerve
The promotion of Jonathan Haydt
Tom Hartmann,
We are ready to respond mercifully to the troubles of others. This is our DNA. We are born to be equal and democratic. We are born to respect each other, to be a community, to be the guardians of our brother. We are ready to respond mercifully to the troubles of others.
St. Judas Children’s Hospital

Part 2: How can we fix this?
Social class and consumption

Desmondas Tutu,
From time to time, when we serve others, we actually discover deep satisfaction, ecstasy that is not the opposite.
Heartmath Institute, which studies the connection between the heart and the brain.
Rollin McCraty
We perform better in a state of love and compassion. Positive states benefit you; they literally update your physiology. Anger makes us stupid. It suppresses our thinking. Our heart is our main point of access to the higher self. 
“What was said to the rose to open it was told here to my chest.”
Lynne McTaggert,
We are all connected to the same energy field. We are not alone. The field is the only reality.
Quantum intertwining
“Terrible action from afar”
Henry Stap
Coleman Barks
Sensitivity is the cause of uplift; the mere presence here is a reason to celebrate. Grief is also a form of celebration. The rose celebrates by falling to the ground, and the clouds by crying.
Francis of Assisi
It was easy to love God in all that is beautiful. But lessons of deeper knowledge taught me to accept God in everything.
Elizabet Sahtouris
I was with the Dalai Lama and asked him, what is the most important meditation we can do? He said, “Critical thinking followed by action.” Understand the world and find out how your talents can make the world a better place. Each of us must do what makes our hearts sing, because no one will want to do that to us unless we are passionate and inspired.
Howardas Zinnas
Every word you utter affects another person, but you don’t know it. Change happens because of a million tiny deeds …. You can’t be neutral on a moving train.
Desmondas Tutu
“There is only one way to eat an elephant; piece at a time. So, you can’t do anything about global poverty, but we can do something about that guy out there.

Because you see, remember, the sea is just a drop of water that has merged …

God says, “You know what? I have nothing but you.”



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