Life in a Day captures what’s wonderful

Posted on July 6, 2011

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If you haven’t seen anything of Life in a Day then do. It captures beautifully the world without borders (and the world with it) that we live it.

Shot by members of the public one week after the world cup finished last year, it shows the peoples of this planet going about their business and answering a few fundamental questions in simple sound bites. It’s hugely positive. In fact it’s the films positivity that exposes the negativity i.e. as a bunch of people we have a huge mountain to climb.

Look at it this way – watch the film and you’d think that we’re not a bad bunch of people, why can’t we all get on together. Listen to the comments and watch some of the incidental footage and you just know how tough the task is. As one old guy says when asked what scares him “politics”.

For all the natural goodness in the world, people will do bad things. They do this when a number of conditions are fulfilled, but ‘people are seduced into evil by dehumanizing and labelling others.’ Not my words, but the words of Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD a former President of the American Psychological Association.

What this film attempts to do is blow some labels away, and I think that’s what we need more of in society; inside government; inside businesses; even in the communities, streets and shared houses we live in.

I remember some research I did for a business many years back. When asking an interviewee what the team on the floor upstairs did, the answers was, “I don’t know, but they are not very good at it.” It was meant in jest, but it had that modicum of truth. We not only label others, we add to it by not going to find out what others do.

At another company, not more than 3 weeks ago, I was with a senior employee in a workshop on her 7th floor (on the west side of the building). She said, “it’s so weird being on this side of the building. I’m on the east side and have never been over here!” Same floor!

Not only do we need communication like this that blows the labels away – we each of us need to force ourselves to blow the labels away each day. It’s great communication and personal ambition that will see us really break borders down.

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