Vor ein paar Wochen versendete der amerikanische Kulturphilosoph Charles Eisenstein in seinem Newsletter den Link zu diesem Kurzfilm, den Ian MacKenzie über ihn gedreht hat. Im Folgenden der englische Originaltext der E-Mail, in der Charles ein paar Dinge erläutert, weil im Schnitt des Films einige Aussagen aus dem Kontext geraten sind.
Here is a new short film by Ian McKenzie. It features my voice but it is much more Ian's creation than my own -- an hour or more of footage distilled into a few minutes. It is a "meditation" as Ian calls it, and it strikes a somewhat somber note -- a place I visit sometimes. Like everything I've seen of Ian's, it is really beautifully done in the interplay of word, image, and sound.
There are a couple things in it I want to clarify, since because of the editing they are a little out of context.
First, when I speak of the audacity of repudiating the "story of a life" that was given me, I am saying that it was audacious for my generation, not me personally, because my generation was so deeply immersed in the old story. So total was its reality that to take exception to it seemed nearly crazy. But I am not claiming any special audacity for myself. This is not an attempt at modesty -- I just kind of drifted out of the old story in fits and starts.
The second thing is a phrase I speak in the film: "In order to find our way, we must get lost." Usually when I quote that, I attribute it to Bayo Akomolafe, who himself cites it as an African proverb. That got edited out of this film. So I want to make it clear that I didn't coin that particular gem. It is something that speaks to me deeply though; both for myself and for our civilization, our maps and guidance systems are so conditioned by the old story that they cannot take us anywhere we haven't visited before. We need to let go. We need to get lost.
Deep gratitude to Ian for making this film.
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