Documentary of the month


Captured at Tanjung Aru beach, Borneo circa 2014

‘Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.’

-Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot 1994

This month I went to watch a documentary “A Beautiful Planet”at IMAX with my brother, it costed us RM 15 each which I think wasn’t that bad considering the fact it was in 3D.

This 45 minutes long documentary will take you on a whole new eye-opening adventure with exclusive video footages taken from the ISS to witness the spectacular views of earth from space. It was visually stunning that I teared up on the first 10 minutes into the documentary. Narrated by the Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, I loved how clear and calm her voice was throughout the doc, it made me felt like I was floating in space.

What resonated with me was the thought of all those sacrifices made by the astronauts & scientists committed into lifetime of research to better understand the patterns or phenomenon on earth while also finding ways to cope with being far away from the safety and comfort of our home. Perhaps I am just an emotional person on that sense because I reckon it was probably their biggest life achievement to experience this rare opportunity.

On another note, I was also made aware on the state of climate change happening around the globe especially in Greenland. Global warming causes ice caps across the polar region of the planet to melt rapidly and can have detrimental affect on the lives and physical state of the earth. One horrifying prediction on the rising of sea levels is that lower places of the earth will disappear in the next 20 years or so if things get worse. Hence, it is vital that strong intervention takes place to prevent/prolong the damages caused by global warming.

The most valuable lesson from watching this was I realised that I can only be limited by my own imagination. With that I remain hopeful of our future generations, that we will continuously wonder, create and discover new things beyond us. I would certainly like to be part of that possibility one day.

Before I end this post, I would like to suggest that you take the time each day to not only look down at your feet as you walk through your everyday life but also to look up and marvel at the vast magnificent sky. Smile and think to yourself how lucky we are that through all of these vastness and infinities we somehow found our way here with each other, on this beautiful planet.

Trailer to the documentary:

Be humble & happy Halloween!

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Somewhat perplexed

Remember your retreat into this little domain of which is yourself, and above all be not disturbed nor on the rack, but be free and look at things as a man, a human being, a citizen a creature that must die.‘ -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

These days, I have been feeling rather fragile by how I temporarily perceive the world to be. I know, there are plethora of questions up in my mind that I seek for an accurate and rational answer, however it may be impossible to achieve one as we human tend to be unconsciously driven by irrationality . The information that we received and the information that are already instilled in us determines our behaviour or actions in that moment. Proceeding information that emerges would also create a whole set of new ideas and way of thinking. Therefore, uncertainties are all around us and we cannot deny them. These perhaps generate intrinsic fear among society.

Today, I have watched a 2011 documentary Ethos, directed by Pete Mcgrain. You can find many other notable references and information on their website. I highly recommend you to watch this documentary, as it concerns on how our world being driven by corporate interests, how they are consumed with power and wealth to control the nation and how easily we are to indirectly be ‘influenced’ to their propaganda. I want to highlight a particular quote which I think was truly profound. ‘Rationality belongs to the cool observer, but because of the stupidity of the average man, he follows not reason, but faith, and the naive faith requires necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications which are provided by the myth-maker to keep ordinary person on course‘ by Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society 1932.

As a 19 year old, I find myself constantly on a swing, being pushed back and forth between the past and present. In a state of confusion and agony, I thought the world has betrayed me into living a life I have not chosen to be part of. All in all, there are still so many underlying  truths that we are oblivious about and the intention behind it are still unclear, well at least for me it is. I am determined to want to learn and understand more the world at a bigger picture. I don’t think it would be a very pleasant process but I thought I want to share the journey and the developments I have so far achieved on this blog. I’ve learnt to not take words whole-heartedly even though they conform to my current perceptions but to dig deeper into the modus-operandi behind the facts presented, the simplest way to say this is to think critically at all times.

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring‘ – David Bowie.

As for now, I have found it is important to be more open-minded and think for myself first before having others to accept my way of thinking. I urge you to do the same, and question even the logical way things are currently running in your life.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now its the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.’ – Helen Keller