“How cruel it is that often men only see a fault when it is on someone else. If only we judged ourselves as quickly as we did others, if only we could see our acts for what they were, if only we recognised the crack in the mirror as part of our reflection – might our existence and coexistence be less sorrowful?”
The Best Spiritual/Conscious Documentries To Watch On Netflix
1. Zeitgeist - The Movie: Peter Joseph explores the controversial links between organized religion, the global financial markets and the international power structure in this thought-provoking documentary that probes several well-known conspiracy theories.
2. Zeitgeist - Addendum: Continuing the discussion from Zeitgeist: The Movie about the controversial links between religion and the financial markets, this documentary explores the causes of social corruption and puts forth a solution based on human alignment with nature.
3. Zeitgeist - Moving Forward: This compelling documentary examines the current state of the global socioeconomic monetary paradigm and concludes that we need to transition to a new resource-based economy for our continued human and social survival.
4. The Secret: An assembly of writers, philosophers and scientists share The Secret, a principle that reputedly brought success to Plato, da Vinci and other greats and that can empower viewers to attain success in their own careers, relationships and health.
5. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: Following up on the original “Cosmos” series about the nature of time and space, this absorbing program presents new galactic revelations. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the documentary journey into deep space.
“Galileo, by looking through a telescope, doing some drawings and thinking about what he saw, helped to undermine centuries of autocratic idiocy and woolly thinking. In doing so, he got himself locked up – but he also bridged the gap between Copernicus and Kepler, and paved the way for Isaac Newton and ultimately Albert Einstein to construct a complete description of the universe and our place within it.”
Photographers and pictures like this, the ones that blatantly dehumanize the object of the photo by generalizing them to the extent that an entire country’s international persona is perceived based upon the platform that the entirety of the population, over a billion people, are all like the person in the photo is why organizations like national geographic is hypocritical at best. The photographer, a white semi middle class female, presents a young dark skinned female in traditional dress in an “exotic” location and equates her traveling the country by train to that of Gandhi?! Because Gandhi “discovered” the “soul"of India by traveling in the "low-caste” compartments of trains? Am I the only one that sees the disrespect here? There is no mention of the girls name, her family, or her struggle- only the generalization that she Is representative of all of India. But, God forbid if NatGeo posted the photo and didn’t credit the photographer, Effendi. Could you imagine if they had spelled her name wrong too? That would be “unacceptable”. You see, the photo becomes entirely obsolete due to the photographer’s blatant dehumanization and fetishization of the “poor”. People like this don’t acknowledge that the “soul” of a place, of a people, of an entire culture is not independent of the people themselves. As long as they can “relate” to the struggle and claim to be “knowledgable” and “charitable” because they’ve taken one of those small train-rides, who the hell cares about the little girl whose photo got them paid?
Sorry for the rant but I’ve seen too many photos like this in the last few days and I needed to get this out. //rant//
the attitude of “yeah i’ll help people - if they deserve it” as a responce to charity is seriously so fucked up to me like how do you “deserve” compassion?? being human makes you automatically valuable and entitled to certain things, like the aid needed to just simply have a liveable life. shelter, food and clean water is something we all deserve and the idea that people living in absolute poverty somehow has to “””earn””” your compassion is the most fucked up, arrogant, selfish and ignorant idea i have ever come accross
you should not need a fucking reason to help another human being when you yourself are perfectly capable to.
Despite being a Millennial, I came out as queer long enough ago to remember a time when coming out meant giving up a traditional path. I struggled with the belief that marriage, among other standard markers of American adulthood, would never be on the table. Just surviving in what sometimes felt like a very hostile world seemed challenging.
I remember having rocks thrown at me while someone chased after me and yelled, “Dyke!” I remember buying a marriage equality shirt online – it felt too risky to go to the gay neighborhood and shop for one in person – and then being afraid to wear it in public. I remember fighting for the very existence of our high school’s Gay Straight Alliance, even after one of our members committed suicide partially in response to anti-gay bullying. (We were unequivocally barred from starting any similar group in junior high, although we existed and we needed each other’s support.) And I remember my first awareness that gender transition was something possible, long before I even had the space to think about what that might mean for me and my future trans identity. It was Dana Rivers, the first out trans teacher to make the national news. Rivers was fired solely because she transitioned, despite an award-winning career as a faculty member at Center High School in Sacramento, California.
When the news broke that same-sex marriage was legalized, a close friend across the country commented on social media that it was remarkable that our school would not allow us to buy tickets as same-sex couples to our high school prom, much less take photos together, but we could now legally marry someone of the same sex in all 50 states.
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” - The Dalai Lama