Thursday, April 28, 2011
why i paint what i paint #20
Wow, last night I saw an amazing film that I had NOT wanted to see, (because I didn't even know it existed). I went to see "Of Gods and Men" but the tiny art theater in Corvalis was only showing it every other night! So we just picked an unknown movie, and were blown away! The movie is called "I Am", and explores 'what is wrong with the world, and how we can fix it'. It explores the idea that we are NOT competitive, survival of the fittest, creatures...but rather cooperative, inclusive beings. It even points out that Darwin noted this characteristic of species; but somehow his 'survival' idea gained historical traction and dominates. And an 'idea' of how we ARE, shapes how we BEHAVE. If we believe that it is a competitive, dog-eat-dog world, we will behave accordingly. We will believe that poor immigrants are "taking our jobs, abusing our social services, ruining our country". The film defines 'mental illness' as: taking MORE than we need to live, encouraging the strong to disregard the needs of the weak, (the young, the old, the infirm, the poor), and applauding those who amass vast fortunes while exploiting the weak. Of course the idea of fixing what is wrong with the world's systems is daunting, but as dear Desmond Tutu says in the film, "God says, I don't have anybody else (to do my work), just you". Tutu also reminds us that, "There is only one way to eat an elephant...one bite at a time".