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If you and I find common ground as human beings, we will communicate on a basic level. To be human is basic, the foundation from which we all arise. You are born a human being and that cannot change until death. All else – wheter you are educated or uneducated, young or old, rich or poor – is secondary.”
Dalai Lama in his book How to Expand Love
The year 2015 comes to a close. As the nights get longer we can look back on our own developement in the last 12 months, turn our attention towards our inner life and get the opportunity to see things more clearly.
What I learned this year working as a blogger for the ARTS project and being active in transition and refugee initiatives in Dresden are a few basic facts:
- Humans are the problem and the solution.
- Humans hold the potential for incomprehensibly destructive as well as incredibly compassionate actions.
- Humans have a hard time living on this planet together in peace.
What is it that makes us human?
I want to use the Advent season to invite you on a journey, bringing us closer to ourselves. A journey of listing to each other. Each coming Sunday leading up to Christmas I will publish another part of the trilogy of the feature film HUMAN.
“I am one man among seven billion others. For the past 40 years, I have been photographing our planet and its human diversity, and I have the feeling that humanity is not making any progress. We can’t always manage to live together. Why is that? I didn’t look for an answer in statistics or analysis, but in man himself.”
Filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent two years collecting real-life stories from over 2,000 women and men in 65 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.
- HUMAN aims to be a sensitive and loving portrait of who we are, as a community, a family but most importantly as individuals.
- HUMAN shows the dark side of mankind but sheds light on the best of it, for we all have inside of us this will to live together. This is the message that this film tries to convey. Together, united, we can meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
- HUMAN is a politically engaged work which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.
I invite you to slow down and reconnect with yourself as well as your fellow human beings. Because real transition can only start within you and me.
The first film will be published on Sunday the 6th December. So this is just the teaser…
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