Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One Day on Earth

One Day on Earth - Motion Picture Trailer from One Day On Earth on Vimeo.

This trailer is the first glimpse of One Day on Earth, an ambitious motion picture shot by thousands of filmmakers in every country in the world on a single day: October 10, 2010. The trailer alone includes footage from 90 individuals and organizations. The producer/director Kyle Ruddick is currently editing down 3,000 hours of film and is asking for help via Kickstarter to complete the project.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Why Do We Judge?

A dear friend wrote to me: "I think a topic that you should address is judgment. So many so called 'faithful' people live their lives judging others by their rule book."

Perhaps the topic that should be addressed first is recognizing and acknowledging our human point of reference (personal perception). Our individual perception of any event is unique to the individual. This perception becomes our basis for creating reality. The moment we start to acknowledge that we are able to equally hold two, three, four or more different points of reference on the same event, topic, or person; is when we can begin to realize that judgment is partly due to an inability to see events from another’s vantage point. We’ve all had the experience where you and another person experienced the same event yet their individual recollection and our individual recollection of the same events were completely different. This example demonstrates how our perceptions are inherently influenced by a host of conscious and subconscious factors. Judgment, in many ways, is born out of our need to defend our sense of self, our sense of individual thought, the superiority of our opinion and our illusion of separation from others.

Judgment is a curious phenomenon for the actions we allow and justify in ourselves are usually the same actions we cannot tolerate in others. We must always remember that judgment communicates energy, through our thoughts which become our words. And words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character. And Character becomes destiny.

As Eckart Tolle stated in an interview, ‘for many people there is a transitional stage from being identified with thought completely to rising above thought. The intermediate stage to rising above thought is acknowledging that all thought and any judgment or interpretation is simply a perspective—one can easily move to a different stand having another judgment about the same event or person. So one can no longer completely identify with thought, that is not to say not to have any opinion; we can have opinions, but recognizing them as mental positions and perspectives not the truth.’

One could say that an aspect of Godliness would be having the ability to accept all opinions, actions, people, religions, and life equally without judgment. One can have an opinion, even one with which they are passionate about, yet at the same time recognize it is merely a mental position or perspective, not an ‘objective truth.’

Being wrong is ok, and if we have learned anything from history it is that we as humans are wrong in our beliefs the vast majority of our human history. So who knows, maybe our beliefs that we hold so firm and condemn others for not having could be off... Just maybe, even likely, wrong.

"You can’t believe everything you think"


"Your judgement shows more about you than the person you have judged."