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I Am

The shift is about to hit the fan.

The world is his, who can see through its pretension see it to be a lie, and you have already dealt it its mortal blow. -Ralph Waldo Emerson What are the 2 main questions the director asks his guests? 1. 2. Humanity is going to require a substantially new way of thinking if it is going to survive. Albert Einstein 3. What is the ethnosphere? 4. What is the lie we tell ourselves? 5. We used to believe in dragons and monsters, but what is the modern-day monster our society believes in? 6. What has the American ideology Greed is Good done to our world? 7. In our modern-day society, what value does competition have? What value does cooperation have? What about in Nature? 8. In Charles Darwins famous novel, The Descent of Man, he uses the phrase survival of the fittest, a phrase we have come to use frequently to describe our society and our behavior, only twice. How many times does he mention the word love? 9. What did Darwin believe was the strongest instinct in human nature? We are because we belong. Desmond Tutu 10. The mirror neuron allows humans to what?

11. The filmmakers discover that humans are hardwired for a compassionate response when we see others in distress. What do they discover about our brain functioning when we are angry? What do they discover about our brain functioning when were in a state on compassion? 12. Our brain is usually considered the center of our ideas, actions, emotions, etc. but after more research, what system is believed to possibly know information FIRST? 13. Human emotionality (our feelings, the vibes we send out into the world) can do what to our environment? 14. What did Native Americans believe was considered a mental illness? 15. When something DOES take more than its fair share, what do we call that? Harder still it has proved to rule the dragon money a whole generation adopted false principles, and went to their graves in the belief they were enriching the country they were impoverishing. Ralph Waldo Emerson 16. List at least 3 examples of non-violent movements they mention in the film: 1. 2. 3. Love your enemies, Bless them that curse you, Be good to them that hate you, And pray for them which spitefully use you. --Matthew 5:44 17. What did Martin Luther King believe would save our world and our civilization? It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful. The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things. St. Francis of Assisi 18. The final comment from the filmmaker is that we all cast our votes each day with what we do and what we dont do. So, what does he say is the way to change the world?

19. G. K. Chesterton wrote that I Am is what is wrong with the world, and that is also the title of the film. Why did Shadyac pick that as the title? What does the phrase I Am imply about our society and the problems within it?

20. What is your lasting impression of this film? What tiny acts can you do each day to help change your world for the better? (Try to list AT LEAST THREE!)

I AM isnt as much about what you can do, as who you can be. And from that transformation of being, action will naturally follow. Tom Shadyac, director of I Am