I happen to love films that make you feel great about life, provide hope and thought provocative information and those that inspire us to do better and be better people. I AM is one such film.To my surprise, Tom Shadyac, a Director of many mainstream blockbuster films such as Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura and The Nutty Professor has directed a film that everyone should see and give some thought to. After a near-death and life altering experience, Tom wanted to enlighten himself and set out on a journey which led him to discussions with many of the great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and spiritual leaders of our time. He set off asking 2 questions, what's wrong with the world and what can we do to fix it. What he ironically discovered was what is right with the world.
I plucked the lines and insights of Tom's that I love directly from the I AM website - for more than this click here.
- He learned that the heart, not the brain, may be man’s primary organ of intelligence, and that human consciousness and emotions can actually affect the physical world,
- And, as Shadyac’s own story illustrates, money is not a pathway to happiness. In fact, he even learns that in some native cultures, gross materialism is equated with insanity.
- Shadyac also discovers that, contrary to conventional thinking, cooperation and not competition, may be nature’s most fundamental operating principle.
- The film further discovers that 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.
- When he directs another Hollywood movie, the bulk of his usual eight-figure fee will be deposited into a charitable account, as well. “St. Augustine said, ‘Determine what God has given you, and take from it what you need; the remainder is needed by others.’ That’s my philosophy in a nutshell,” Shadyac says, “Or as Gandhi put it, ‘Live simply, so others may simply live.’”
At a time when we grieve over the disaster in Japan, wars, economic shifts and question the human condition, I AM provides a timely and encouraging take on who and where we are at this time in our history. This film would make God proud! See it and feel good!