What’s wrong with the world?

It may appear that all I do is watch movies, but I assure you that I do laundry and vacuum occasionally and sometimes (though not often enough, it seems) I wrestle with the dust from the woodstove.
Just last week, I had the happy circumstance of watching a documentary recommended by my wise daughter, Aimee, entitled “I Am,” written and directed by Tom Shadyac.
You may know Tom Shadyac from the likes of “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “Patch Adams,” and “Bruce Almighty.”
Back in 2007, Shadyac suffered a severe concussion in a bicycle accident; the effects of which lingered on for some time, rendering Shadyac unable to function properly.
It was during this time that Shadyac questioned the nature of humanity and why the human race has an ever-growing addiction to acquiring and consuming goods.
If Tom was going to die, which he felt was likely, he wanted to know what he had left to say to the world.
Shadyac spoke to scientists, religious leaders, philosophers, and environmentalists and asked them what is wrong with the world. He came to know the answer: I am.
This documentary “I Am” is one of hope and that is what caught my eye. Tom spoke to Desmond Tutu, to David Suzuki, to Thom Hartmann, to Dacher Keltner, to Noam Chomsky, to Coleman Barks, and others.
And in as simple a way as I can convey, he discovered there has been a separation of humanity from the natural world and an ideology flourishes that greed is good.
But if we look at the science of humanity, we see that we are hard-wired to co-operate, not dominate. Charles Darwin wrote his “The Descent of Man” in 1871, where he used the word love 95 times but refers to survival of the fittest only twice.
Yet it is the latter that many have held up as evidence as the right to consume at the peril of others.
Scientists explained to Tom the fact of mirrored neurons and how we are able to feel the suffering of others in our own bodies. To be egalitarian is in our DNA.
The Institute of HeartMath has determined the heart sends far more information to the brain than the contrary. The pause in our heartbeat is the emotion.
The heart is smart, is the centre of us, it creates a large electromagnetic field and, as a result, my heartbeat can be felt by your brain. And this is what I know to be true.
My youngest daughter has diabetes and, as such, during growth spurts her body would consume all the available stores of sugar during her sleep, when her growth hormones were doing their thing.
This would drop her blood sugar perilously low and without the ability of the pancreas to sustain her, she would have a seizure and call on the liver to dump a bunch of sugar in her system to keep her alive.
If I didn’t get to her with a sugar source before her blood sugar dropped too low, a seizure was inevitable and they are a nasty bit of business, taking hours and hours of her life for recovery.
This is where science of my heart helped me.
I would awaken from a deep sleep and know that I had to get up and go across the hall and give Thea sugar to bring her blood sugar up. I knew it before I was even fully awake.
My brain measured her body being in danger. It wasn’t foolproof, but I can’t even count the number of times that this happened and I was able to save her from a debilitating seizure.
It even happened while I was driving the car and immediately drove to her school to discover she had just had a seizure and was on the floor in her classroom. My heart knew it without explanation.
In essence, this documentary tells us that every word we utter to another has an affect. How can we save the world? The sea is merely drops of water joined together.
The power of one creates the possibility for change. And one day when we ask what is right with the world, the answer will be: I am.
Thank you, Tom Shadyac.
wendistewart@live.ca

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