Through the words of various intellectuals, thinkers, and philosophers we are presented with examples of how we really all are part of the “one”.
This ties in so well with Haanel’s words: “…recognize the fact that you are part of the whole, and that a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole; the only difference there can possibly be is in degree”.
The movie presents example after example of how every day acts, over time, can add up to movements.
We see Martin Luther King Jr., and those who joined with him, creating a movement culminating in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
We see Nelson Mandela helping to effect the end of apartheid in South Africa.
We see Ghandi employing non-violent civil disobedience in his peaceful “fight” to lead the independence movement of India.
War is not the only way to effect global change. Love can also lead to change.
Not surprisingly, change created with love can be exceptionally challenging, since we may be required to love our enemies in order to change the status quo.
Obviously, we can’t change some of the horrors existing in this world as quickly as we would like, but we all can do something, and hopefully, over time, our “butterfly flapping its wings” actions
can eventually influence the “hurricane”
of hateful, violent actions now being perpetrated in the world.
Bishop Desmond Tutu recalled, “The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.”
As the story goes, around 1908, The London Times asked many notable authors, “What is wrong with the world?” In a letter, author G.K. Chesterston’s short answer reportedly was, “I am.”
Tom Shadyac, the director of the film, “I Am” says that there is a way out of the craziness in the world today. And it’s shorter than Chesterton’s letter.
It is, simply: Love.