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“Self Realization”

This article talks about the exploration of the self.  Self-realization will ultimately provide more joy and happiness throughout life.   There will be more meaning in life.  He also mentions Gandhi to help explain the point of self-realization. Gandhi believed in non-violence.  He successfully lived with other creatures and in this process he recognized the right for all living things to grow and blossom.  Once he realized the overall beauty of earth, there was a sense of being able to identify with other living things.  Naess also mentions that many people believe that being moral and ethical means having to sacrifice.  Instead we need to get in touch with all that surrounds us.  There is something bigger than our own ego, which is we are able to reach within the context of the widened and deepened self.    

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The Land Ethic

Land ethics can be described as something used to guide actions when humans use or make changes to land.  There is a need for ethics dealing with human’s relation to land and to everything that lives and grows on the land.  He argues that the next step in the evolution in ethics is the expansion to include the biotic community (the land).  He says that a thing is right when it can reserve the beauty, the integrity, and the stability of the land.  If it does otherwise, then it is not right. This land epic just enlarges the boundaries of the community so that it includes everything that has to do with land, soil, water, etc.  In this article, it incorporates the ethical arrangements of the ecological evolution.  In the land ethic, it begins with a relationship between two individuals.  Then there is the relationship with and individual and their community, and lastly and most importantly, there is the relationship between men and nature. 

Princess Mononoke

In the movie Princess Mononoke, Ashitaka is on a journey to find the cure for Tatarigami’s curse.  It is a deadly disease that has been cursed on him.  The only way to find the cure is to head west, where he finds himself in the middle of war between the forest Gods and Tatara.  It is humans against the Gods.  The humans use their guns against the Gods of the forest and against the young princess.  Ashitaka wants to keep the peace.  He sees the good in both sides and wants to help.  It is still the battle between the animals that inhabit the forest and the iron mining town that is want to ruin the forest.  In a way, this movie is somewhat like Avatar.  It is humans trying to destroy the homes of a different species for use of their own good.  Both movies have that one person that find the good in both sides and tries to help.  Overall, humans cannot just destroy the homes of other inhabitants.  It is a story between the epic struggle between humanity and nature.  It focuses on nature and how humans interact with it.  It shows the true character of humans and how they can sometimes forget about the importance of nature and how it is the home of many other species and use it for their own selfish needs.  In the end, Ashitaka becomes the hero. 

Avatar

Avatar” is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an “Avatar,” a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.  This movie includes completely a completely different language spoken by the natives.  Avatar is a film that looks at some major concerns with our planet through the story set on another planet, Pandora.  The people there worship those hills where they believe reside their traditional gods who protect them from all ills. The tribal have been living in perfect harmony with the nature around them.  They are now facing the threat of being uprooted from what has been their home forever thanks to mining multinationals beneath the hills.  This story is being repeated in many different parts of the world today.  Many people and animals are being uprooted from their natural home and environment because humans are starting to take over.  Our population is growing so we have to find room to house these people.  Humans are trying to destroy many homes of tribes and animals just because it is better for some people.  This movie catches our attention because it uses so much imagination.  Many more people will watch Avatar rather than watch a documentary on how people are destroying native lands.  This film takes up the major people-versus-development issue in an accessible way.  Avatar is presented in a good versus evil way.  There are a few good humans that eventually take the natives side to help them save their native land and people.  This could be converted to our world by saying it only takes a few good humans to save the planet in many different ways.  It also means that we as humans need to be respectful to and learn to live in harmony with nature.  We need to learn to use nature’s resources in a sustainable way.

The Day After Tomorrow

Disaster films capitalize on our fears and concerns and everyday concerns.  That is what is responsible for making them timeless and entertaining. Some films focus on true stories or on events that are likely to happen; some films are completely fantastical, typically revolving around some small piece of reality.  The Day After Tomorrow is an ordinary example of a disaster picture ripped from modern headlines.  It feeds off the climate change arguments, picking a side and running with it. In fact, it reflects a change in the disaster genre as a whole: over the last decade most of the genre’s blockbusters moved from everyday issues – skyscrapers on fire, out of control trains – to future science-based dilemmas.  It may be that audiences find this trend more appealing, perhaps because it promises more of a spectacle. Science-based disasters seem always to trigger the apocalypse, the end of the world, and the end of the world means we’re likely to see explosions and panic and treachery and heroism. The Day After Tomorrow offers all this in spades. It prefers a focus on characters and relationships rather than the disaster itself.  The Day After Tomorrow hits all the points on the disaster genre checklist. It has plenty of action. As a disaster film, and as a film in general, The Day After Tomorrow would have been satisfying had the foolish political commentary been stripped and the film been set in the future. With a distant, divorced setting (perhaps set a hundred years from now) the narrative would move toward the fantastical. Ironically, its message would have been more powerful taking place in a future world.  Then, with all its interesting and entertaining special effects, the film would be a better entry in the disaster genre.

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Behind The Scenes of Cheapter By the Dozen Two

This movie clip is representing the vocabulary word set in Corrigan’s glossary of film terms.Set is the place or location used for a specific scene or shot to a film. This youtube video is on the set of Cheaper by the Dozen 2. There are actually many different sets in this whole movie. One of the sets relates particularly to the theme of nature. I think this whole movie, the main set is in a cabin in the woods or on the lake. This means the movie involves nature greatly.

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Music on Criminal Minds

This youtube video is part of an episode off of the TV series Criminal Minds. It is an example of the vocabulary word flashback from Corrigan’s glossary of film terms. Flashback is an image, scene, or sequence that appears in a narrative to describe a past action or event. In this case, this serial killer has flashbacks of when he was young and his mom and him used to dance outside in the pasture. This is where nature as a theme comes in. All of his flashbacks are not only of the memories of his mom, but it brings back memories like the smell and the feeling of the grass and the trees outside. This puts him in a good place and state of mind. The nature helps him relax and think of good memories with his mother.