Message for Valentine's Day
"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals.
To that end each of us must work for his own improvement and,
at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular
duty being to aid those whom we think can be most useful." ---Marie Curie
Definition of humankinds:
1. humankind - all of the living human inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a lover", she always used humankind because 'mankind' seemed to slight the women" human beings, human race, humans, mankind, humanity, world, man.
How will you live your life? That is the question I dwelled on late last night while driving home from attending "Fort Worth Movies that Matter," a film series program intended to create awareness about diversity, inclusion and issues impacting human and civil rights.
Filipe DeAndrade, Producer & Photographer and Ben Masters, Film Maker
Filipe DeAndrade, Ben Masters, Austin Alvarado, Heather Makey, and Jay Kieberg are more than human beings. I call them humankinds. "The River and the Wall," is a film they produced and filmed. It is being viewed in different cities, at different times, for different reasons. After the film ended, the feature film was followed by a moderator at the Theater with interactive Q&A by audience participants, with a live interview by Filipe DeAndrade and Ben Masters. To see and understand more, about the issues concerning people, culture, eminent domain, wildlife, the river, and landscape that everyone is talking about, look for the movie trailer "The River and the Wall," youtube dated 5/2/19.
This is the story of five humankinds who don't sit glued to their computers watching the Internet, Social Media, or the Media play-out the actions and voices of politicians and/or news media. They are the doers, the five friends who decided to take an adventure into the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands, traveling 1200 miles by bicycles, canoes, horses and mules down through the canyons of the most rugged terrain possibly never seen by human beings.
The purpose of this blog post is not to discuss politics or state which side of the fence you are on, but rather dwell on humankinds. The five young friends shared and emulated traits I saw that touched my soul. How would I describe them?
This film is about humankind, not just your ordinary human beings who judge. They are the movers, the shakers, the doers, and through their unique photo journey and documentation, it is through their interpersonal communication with nature, I walked away seeing with a different lens of my own. The problem, in my opinion, is not whose side of the fence you are on, but who is at the root of the problems our countries face today when it comes to drugs and crime. Some of the greatest people who lived spoke from the heart, such as...
Albert Schweitzer, "We need a boundless ethic that includes animals too."
Albert Einstein left the world a better place because he taught humankinds to "widen the circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
The five friends who went down into the canyons, climbed treacherous terrains by foot with horses, crossed the Rio Grande by canoes, while risking their lives and rode bicycles that were encrusted with the mud of the earth are truly humankinds of a different species and we need more of them in this world. Truly, there is no greater gift than love.