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Let's talk about film now. Film, it's an incredible medium, but essentially, it's the same now as it was then.
Right now, as Bill McDonough has pointed out, the objects that we buy and use have hidden consequences
And I think that that is very troubling, and in a sense, I've been reflecting on turning that part of us off.
I was doing my taxes the other day, and I got to the point where I was listing all of the donations I gave, and I had an epiphany
And the simple fact is, if we are focused on ourselves, if we're preoccupied, as we so often are throughout the day, we don't really fully notice the other
And I think this speaks to a spectrum that goes from complete self-absorption, to noticing, to empathy and to compassion
That is to say, if we attend to the other person, we automatically empathize, we automatically feel with them
The more interesting question is: Did it matter they were contemplating the parable of the Good Samaritan?
There was a very important study done a while ago at Princeton Theological Seminary that speaks to why
Persistence is the number one reason for our success. You've got to persist through failure. You've got to persist through crap! Which of course means Criticism, Rejection, Assholes and Pressure
Push yourself. Physically, mentally, you've got to push, push, push. You've got to push through shyness and self-doubt.