Posts Tagged ‘Documentary’

  • Knowledge filter – This is a fundamental feature of science. It is also a fundamental feature of human nature. People tend to filter out things that don’t fit, that don’t make sense in terms of their paradigm or their ways of thinking. So in science you find that evidence that don’t fit the accepted paradigm tends to be eliminated. It’s not taught, it’s not discussed, and people who are educated and scientifically teachings generally don’t even learn about it.
  • It is not necessarily a deliberate conspiracy in the sense of some people getting together in a smoke-filled room and saying we are going to deceive people. It is something that happened automatically within the scientific community. So when a given piece of evident disagrees with the predominate theory, that automatically people won’t talk about it, they won’t report it. That means science fails to progress in a way one would hope.
  • London’s Natural History Museum. It looks rather like a cathedral or a church. In a way, it is what it is. It is a temple to Darwin’s theory of evolution.
    • This representation is a interpretation of the fossils, the interpretation of one group of scientists. There are other interpretations. But you won’t find them in this museum, or any other museums in the world.
  • The missing link – ape and man
  • Hapgood’s Theory of Earth Crust Displacement
  • We are a species with amnesia. We have forgotten something of great importance from our own past. When we recover it, we will realize for a start that our civilization isn’t the apex of the creation, it isn’t the pinnacle towards which everything has been building throughout all of geological time. Rather it’s part of an up and down, a flow, that it is possible for a civilization to reach a very high level of advancement and be wipe out. This is something that we’ve never confront it and we need to confront it.

War Photographer [2001]

Posted: January 25, 2011 in Multimedia
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[Photographs of/by James Nachtwey]

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.

– Robert Capa

  • He is a loner to a great extend and I think sometimes you have to be to work that well and to give so much of yourself. It is hard to divided your attention, your emotion and your energy. I think you have to be single-minded…and he is.
  • I really felt that I was witnessing history and not witnessing history from an academic point of view, not from a distance; but really what happens to people, ordinary people in the course of history. This was to be the most exciting, the most worthwhile experience and exactly the kind of experience why I became a photographer. That’s what I wanted to get across.
  • I also had to learn in taking pictures how to develop a personal vision. How to express my own feelings about it and in order to do that I had to get in touch with my own feelings. It was kind of true photography, true to the discipline of the frame, I learned about the world. It became the way which I discovered the world, also became the way which I discovered about myself.
  • They make you realize that this is serious and important. You, by the way you cover a story or by the way you tell a story, defines the way the world sees that story. You better do it right. You better know what you are doing. I deeply, deeply believe that.
  • In a war, the normal code of civilized behaviors are suspended.
  • Those pictures could have not been made unless I was accepted by the people I am photographing. It is simply impossible to photograph moments such as those without the complicity of the people I am photographing. Without the fact that they welcomed me, that they accepted me, that they wanted me to be there. They understand that a stranger who’s come there with a camera who show the rest of the world what has happening to them gives them a voice in the outside world that they otherwise wouldn’t have. They realized that they are the victims of some kind of injustice, some kind of unnecessary violence. By allowing me there to photograph it, they are making their own appeal to the outside world and to everyone’s sense of right and wrong.
  • It is more difficult to get publication to focus on issues that are more critical, that do not provide people with an escape of reality but to attempt to get them deeper into reality, to be concerned about something much greater than themselves. I think people are concerned. I think publishers quite often don’t give their audience enough credit for that.
  • Why photograph war? Is it possible to put an end to a form of human behavior which has existed throughout history by means of photography? The proportions of that notion seems ridiculous out of balance yet that very idea has motivated me. For me the strength of photography lies in its ability to provoke a sense of humanity. If a war is an attempt to negate humanity then photography can be perceived as the opposite of war. And if it is used well, it can be a powerful ingredient in the antidote to war.
    • In a way, if an individual assumes the risk of placing himself in the middle of war in order to communicate to the rest of the world what is happening, he is trying to negotiate for peace. Perhaps that’s the reason why those who are in charge of perpetuating war do not like to have photographers around.
  • In the field where your experiences are extremely immediate, where what you see is not an image on a page in a magazine 10,000 miles away with an advertisement for Rolex watches on the next page. What you see is unmitigated pain, injustice, and misery. It has occurred to me that if everyone can be there just once, to see for themselves what white phosphorus does to the face of a child, or what unspeakable pain is caused by the impact of a single bullet, or how a jagged piece of shred mill can rip someone’s leg off; if everyone can be there to see for themselves the fear and the grieve just one time, then they would understand that nothing is worth letting things get to the point where that happens to even one person, let alone thousands. But everyone cannot be there and that is why photographers go there. To show them, to reach out and grab them and make them stop what they are doing and pay attention to what is going on. To create pictures powerful enough to overcome the deluding effects of the mass media and shake people out of their indifference. To protest and by the strength of that protest to make others protest.

Krishna Das: How do we find God?
Maharaj-ji: Serve people.
Krishna Das: How do we raise kundalini?
Maharaj-ji: Feed people.
[If you are feeding one being, you are feeding God. If you serve one person, you are serving God.]
  • Everybody sees a saint in their own way. And that is part of the quality of a saint – they give each person what they want.
  • Saints are awake – in all the three times: the past, present, future. There is no time for a saint. A real saint.
    • They do not accumulate anything because everything is theirs. It all belongs to them already.
    • He is swimming in oneness. He is oneness. He is all beings.
    • There is no way we can know who these beings are until we know ourselves completely.
  • Breaking down the barriers of separateness that you feel. Because there is no separateness other than we experience it. Because we think we are separate from God, separate from ourselves. We don’t know who we are, what we are, where we are.
  • These CD’s are not entertainment. They are yoga, mantra…They are for repetition. The more you repeat them, the deeper it gets…They become a very power presences, a powerful entrances into a deeper space. The more you do it, the more it works. Like any practices, you have to do it.
    • The stuff that mess up is on the gut level. We cannot intellectualize about. That’s why we need to do practice.
  • We can get a real edge on us when we get immersed in these practices because we start to think that we know something that other people don’t know. Suddenly we feel that makes us better than other people. More aware, more present, I am more here now, this is good you know. NO…It doesn’t work like that. The idea is not to become more of something. It is actually to  disappear eventually and become who you really are, which is not somebody who’s about who they are.
  • Allowing the effects of the practice to filter into other parts of your life.
The following is an excerpt from ‘Pilgrim of the Heart‘ audio series by Krishna Das:

“The words of these chants are called the divine names and they come from a place that’s deeper than our hearts and our thoughts, deeper than the mind. And so as we sing them they turn us towards ourselves, into ourselves. They bring us in, and as we offer ourselves into the experience, the experience changes us. These chants have no meaning other than the experience that we have by doing them. They come from the Hindu tradition, but it’s not about being a Hindu, or believing anything in advance. It’s just about doing it, and experiencing. Nothing to join, you just sit down and sing.”

PETER GLEICK (President, Pacific Institute)

We have acted as though we were independent of the environment. We’ve burned fossil fuels, we’ve overused our renewable resources, in the belief that we could do that forever.

VAN JONES (Founder, Green for All)

People are complaining about the economic crisis we have right now? You ain’t seen nothing yet. You know, if we continue down this suicidal pathway where we basically turn living stuff into dead stuff and call that economic growth, this will look like the good old days.

JANINE BENYUS (President, Biomimicry Institute)

If you were to pull back from the earth, what you would see is sort of a refugee movement if you will. And species are moving their ranges farther north to get to cool, from south to north, and from the valleys up to the mountaintops.

The climate system is already moving beyond the patterns of natural variability within which our society and economy have developed and thrived. These parameters include global mean surface temperature, sea-level rise, ocean and ice sheet dynamics, ocean acidification, and extreme climatic events. There is a significant risk that many of the trends will accelerate, leading to an increasing risk of abrupt or irreversible climatic shifts…There is no excuse for inaction. We already have many tools and approaches – economic, technological, behavioural, management – to deal effectively with the climate change challenge. But they must be vigorously and widely implemented. (British Science Association, March 13 2009)

THOMAS HOMER DIXON

The large spread out suburbs that we’ve grown accustomed to, the strip malls, the big box stores with their enormous parking lots around them all of those have been made possible because we have had cheap gasoline as energy becomes much more expensive, you’ll see that those areas become less desirable places to live.

That doesn’t mean that there isn’t oil left on the planet, but what’s left on the planet is gonna be increasingly difficult to obtain —more costly and more remote areas, in areas that are at risk for hurricanes or other environmental dangers or political dangers.

JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER (Author, The Long Emergency)

Our agriculture system is almost wholly dependent on cheap oil. Tremendous amounts of diesel fuel that are used in planting, in harvesting. And then moving the stuff all these vast distances.

We have a global food system that’s fundamentally unsustainable. It’s based on the use of petrochemical inputs for fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and also for the use of petrochemicals for transporting food in ever larger quantities ever further distances. We’ve built enormous cities in places where there’s in many cases no good agricultural land close by. The only way these cities can subsist is by continual importation of enormous amounts of food from long distances away. And, of course, those imports come by way of trucks, by rail, but ship and in some cases by airplane, all of those relying on diesel fuel or gasoline. As those fuels become more expensive, the whole system becomes more brittle.

RICHARD HEINBERG (Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute)

We in the U.S. have gotten used to the idea that we’re somehow immune to natural limits and it’s the other people who are going to suffer.

JOHN PODESTA (President, Center for American Progress)

Sometimes it takes a big shock to get people, you know, out of the inertia that’s built into the system.

BRAHMA CHELLANEY (Center for Policy Research)

The western countries went through a very energy intensive development process, became rich by burning coal and burning oil, can countries like India and china, do it without burning as much fossil fuel as the west.

THOMAS HOMER DIXON

The frog will sit there, because it’s not able to detect the small changes in temperature that are making its life increasingly dangerous. And we’re in the same sort of situation. We’re so adaptable in our evolution as a species, an adaptability that’ll allow—that has allowed us to really, in a sense, conquer nature, and conquer the world. But at this point that adaptability is actually a real threat to our existence.

HEIDI CULLEN

These glaciers provide stream flow in the summer, during the dry months that you can use to irrigate your crops. When those glaciers are gone, you’ve got no stream flow in the summer. And so you’ve got a massive drought situation.

DAN GILBERT (Professor of Psychology, Harvard University)

It seems unlikely to me that we here on the island we call North America, can sit happily with all of our resources while the rest of the world simply goes quietly into that good night so that we can continue to consume at our present rate. Very few people lay down and die. When they recognize that their lives are threatened, they do whatever it takes.

EUGENE LINDEN (Author, The Winds of Change)

When one species proliferates beyond any other, ultimately it sort of knocks out the life support system, and it collapses. And in a way, that’s what we’re doing at every level around the world.

JARED DIAMOND

Growing population, meaning growing demands on the land, resulting in deforestation and soil erosion, which tied into warfare, there was chronic warfare among the Mayan states.

HEIDI CULLEN

There were these series of extended droughts, and those droughts just kept hammering away and hammering away. And you lose your forests, you lose your soils, if you lose your soils you can’t grow anything, and if it stops raining then forget about it.

EUGENE LINDEN

The end game for the Mayans must have been horrible indeed. It’s highly likely that there were also periods of starvation. And it’s a truly hideous and ugly way to die.

HEIDI CULLEN

Civilizations in the past have lost the fight. They have collapsed as a result of the inability to deal with several different events going on at once. I think the takeaway is that honestly we are not that special.

BOB WOODRUFF

The pattern is clear. Civilizations that grow too large and consume too much damage their own life support systems. As resources run out, they begin to fight each over what little is left. Then, they either starve, or leave. But in our case, where can we go?

HEIDI CULLEN

I think Easter Island is the perfect metaphor because it’s this small fragile island, sitting within the Pacific Ocean, it’s very remote, and, and it, it no longer was able to sustain the population that lived there. It’s no different than Earth being this small planet, in a vast galaxy.

IAN LIPKIN (Director, Northeast Biodefense Center)

People get their seeds for corn and for grain from a few manufacturers. And they’re genetically very, very similar. So if in fact an agent were to come onto the scene that was capable of infecting one it would rapidly spread.

BOB WOODRUFF

An enormous reservoir of methane, produced by decomposing plants and animals, lies buried beneath the frozen Arctic tundra. It has been there since the Ice Age. If the tundra melts and the gas is released, global temperatures would soar.

A potentially very large arctic source of methane to the atmosphere is the decay of organic matter in the form of dead plant, animal, and microbial remains that have been frozen in shallow permafrost (1-25 metres below the surface) for tens of thousands of years. This important source of atmospheric methane is not currently considered in modeled projections of future warming. The amount of carbon stored in the organic matter of arctic permafrost is staggering. It is estimated to be around 750 to 950 billion metric tons—equal to or larger than the nearly 800 billion metric tons of carbon currently in the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide. (Source: UNEP Yearbook 2008, Page 40)

JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER (Author, The Long Emergency)

One of our political leaders said, not too long ago, that the American way of life is non-negotiable. And we’re gonna discover the hard way that, when you don’t negotiate the circumstances that are sent to you by the universe, you automatically get assigned a new negotiating partner. Named reality. And then it will negotiate for you. You don’t even have to be in the room.

ANTHONY FAUCI (Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

When people are hungry and malnourished, they are clearly more susceptible to infections. As you continue to have displacement with floods, there’s no doubt that’s a perfect setup for certain types of infections.

The more people you have, the more of them that are malnourished, the more susceptible we are to having transfers of dangerous microorganisms, viruses, from animal populations which we’re pushing larger and larger groups of people into contact with. Then we have rapid transport systems. So, you know, in 1600 if a plague ship left Japan to go to India nobody in India got the plague because everybody on the ship either died or got, become immune during the trip…You can move things around very fast today. You haven’t heard any planning about quarantines, have you? Or closing the borders or really putting in huge stock piles of anti viral drugs and so on? I would think that the biggest chance of most of the people listening to this show, of them dying from something other than natural causes, you know, a large scale disaster, it would be a large scale super-flu of one kind or another, or some related disease. (Paul Ehrlich, Author, The Population Bomb, in conversation with Michael Bicks for ABC News)

One of the real challenges we may face in the future is—the possibility of some kind of global pandemic— a disease that sort of sweeps across, a new disease that sweeps across the planet—because we’re all so tightly connected together. Now, humankind represents one of the largest total masses of similar organic material on the planet. In other words, we’re a bit like a mono-crop, like a field of corn or wheat that is all the same genetically. And we know that when you have a mono-crop—that’s all the same genetically, that if a disease affects one plant, it tends to sweep across everything in the field because—because every plant stalk is equally vulnerable. And in some sense, humankind is the same. We’re genetically very similar. And we’re all packed together now, especially in our large cities. And in the developing world in poor countries where those cities are often under supplied with healthcare and with public health—these are breeding grounds for the emergence of new diseases that then can spread around the planet through—our global air traffic system and our transportation networks. (Thomas Homer Dixon, Professor of Global Systems, University of Waterloo, in conversation with Linda Hirsch for ABC News)

THOMAS HOMER DIXON

Collapse is not something that actually happens overnight. It’s the result of an accumulation of stresses, an erosion of the internal strength of society, so that it just becomes like an eggshell. And one last shock breaks it.

[Documentary website – information and links]

  • Ayurveda is not only the science of medicine. Ayurveda is art of living, how to live. Ayurveda is art of Being.
  • As per Ayurvedic principles everything in the universe is medicinal.
  • ForAyurveda, everything in and around us are one and single  existence.
    • The microcosm – the body within which we are living or all the living beings and the macrocosm around us – are all part of one unit.
    • The role of the physician is merely that of a conveyer belt between these two, so that the body can easily assimilate.
  • The basic principle of Ayurveda is Tridosha – three energies that guide health and disease.
  • Ayurveda started from the brain, from neurological qualities.
  • Brahmanand Swamigal, “If science is only followed for money, it is wasted.”
    • Wealth earned from medical science is always contaminated as it comes from the suffering of others. Thus it must be practiced with compassion and humility, without greed and ego.
    • The gurus study the mind of the seekers before accepting them as disciples.
  • 9 gem medicine – take 9 gems, discard all their poisons by special treatment with plants – cures hundreds of diseases.
  • Remember that human being has been around for thousands of years and nature has looked after us. Health for the individual, health for society, health for animal, health for plantations, health for the whole planet is not something different. It will follow when everybody follows one’s own natural rhythm.
  • Vaidya Narayan Murthy:
    • The medicine is all free. Why should I go and do anything for the sake of money? By God’s grace, I’ve got enough land for agriculture and I am not greedy. I can earn a lot of money. But there is an ethical way to practice this knowledge. Desire is the root cause of all evils.
    • The deforestation is a serious problem for me and that is why I am striving to save these plants. We cannot stop those hooligans, but we can do our little bit in our own way. For the  next generation we have to preserve these herbs. That is the only desire, nothing more. I am content!
  • Dr. Scott Gerson on modern society:
    • A society where people are interested in instant gratification and shortcuts.
    • What we are missing in modern society is being in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
    • We have to communicate the importance and the urgency of incorporating the mind to promote healing.
    • Illnesses have to do more with one’s mental outlook on life.
    • We never give medicines without an accompanying mind-body formula.
    • The diseases I encounter are diseases of excess. Look at the diseases we have:
      • Coronary artery diseases – accumulation of cholesterol in our arteries and vessels
      • Obesity – common denominator of many diseases – a disease of accumulation, of excess
      • Arthritis – accumulation of unhealthy material in the joints
    • It is all about over-consumption – not only of food but of impressions, of sensations.
    • There is too much stimulation. There is too much being offered.
    • In a sense we are a world, a society of over nourishment.
  • Dr. Nicolos Kostopoulos: If you have a bicycle, you want a car. If you have a car, you want a jet. If you have a jet, you want to be younger!
    • There is no end to stress factors.
  • Pragnya Aparadha  – Ayurveda says that  first factor that can create a disease are related with human intelligence – the mistakes of human intelligence – such as stress
    • 43% of human population suffers from stress.
    • Stress is linked with the  six leading causes of death in humanity.
    • Doctors are the second group in the west with high suicide and alcoholism rate! -> Clearly orthodox medicine does not hold the keys for the treatment of these diseases.
  • Even the Goddess of Learning continuous to learn. We must have a honest quest for knowledge.
  • The person who knows his true self and nature is the greatest person of all!