Can You Solve This?

Today I would like to share with you a video:

It is sad that today people in Iran are being denied many of their human rights, including education.  I implore you to take action and assist the members of our human family by contacting your government representatives.  For we are all citizens not just of our individual countries, but of the world, and united we can influence our governments in a positive manner to abide by universal principles of ethics and decency.

According to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (passed by the United Nations in 1948), Education is a basic human right.  In case you don’t have that article memorized, I’ve included it below:

Article 26.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  • (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
  • (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Our divine educators have also emphasized the importance of education.

“Bend your minds and wills to the education of the peoples and kindreds of the earth, that haply the dissensions that divide it may, through the power of the Most Great Name, be blotted out from its face, and all mankind become the upholders of one Order, and the inhabitants of one City.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh

“Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.” ~ Proverbs 23:12

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” ~ Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C. (The Buddha)

Or if you prefer, humorists:

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail.  What you gain at one end you lose at the other.  It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail.  It won’t fatten the dog.  ~Mark Twain

 

Happy Second Birthday Moving Pictures!!!

It has been a great two years.  Thank you readers for sticking with me!  To celebrate I have included some wonderful passages from The Bahá’í Writings about joy and celebration.

Exalted art Thou, O my God! All mankind are powerless to celebrate Thy glory and the minds of men fall short of yielding praise unto Thee. ~ The Báb

The universe is wrapt in an ecstasy of joy and gladness. ~ Shoghi Effendi

Were it not to celebrate Thy praise, my tongue would be of no use to me, and were it not for the sake of rendering service to Thee, my existence would avail me not. But for the pleasure of beholding the splendours of Thy realm of glory, why should I cherish sight? And but for the joy of giving ear to Thy most sweet voice, of what use is hearing?  ~ Bahá’u’lláh

I’m Back!

Hi guys! You may have noticed I’ve been on an unintentional hiatus and I apologize for that, but I recent email from Blog Action Day reminded me that I need to get back on track. So that is my goal this long weekend, to give you guys a real review which I haven’t done in months. Until then check out the Blog Action Day site. This year’s theme is water which we often take for granted in America, but is so very important.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/15336764

Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

Please help me, I’m stumped!

Hi readers!

I’ve been a bit swamped lately since I am about to graduate grad school and have been job hunting so I’ve neglected you.  However in a few weeks I will have graduated, and with this job market it may take a while for me to become gainfully employed.   I hope a fringe benefit to unemployment will be having the time to blog more, particularly film reviews.   So help me out by taking this poll, and/or suggesting films you would like to see reviewed.  Friends have already suggested “The Blind Side” and “Schenectady, NY”  Add your two cents!

Happy Birthday Moving Pictures!!!

Birthday Cupcake by ananyah.COM

Thanks everyone for supporting this blogging endeavor.  It’s been one year since I started this blog, and without the support of readers like you I would have given up months ago.  Thanks again for the happiness you have brought me!  Have an awesome day 🙂

 

From sorrow he turneth to bliss, from anguish to joy. His grief and mourning yield to delight and rapture. ~ Bahá’u’lláh

 

Another Moving Pictures!

So today I opened my GoogleReader to find a blog post that featured a film from a group called  “The Moving Pictures”.  Apparently they are a group of people who strive to make” positive media content” and I find that pretty cool.

From their website:

About Us

Our vision is to make videos that communicate your message in the most effective, lucid and compelling fashion. We strive to understand your objectives, study the audience, bounce ideas off you, well before jumping into work. From scripting to directing, shooting and editing, we cover all aspects of the production.

Let your vision be world-embracing

So make sure to check them out! Apparently they have some videos on YouTube.  I haven’t been able to watch any of them yet but I’m looking forward to it!

Blog Action Day — Climate Change!!!

In honor of blog action day I would like to point out some films on the topic of climate change and the environment for you to check out.  Taking care of the earth is a matter of environmental justice and social responsibility.  For other posts on the topic check out WALL-E,  the Future We Will Create, and the Man in the White Suit.

Every man of discernment, while walking upon the earth, feeleth indeed abashed, inasmuch as he is fully aware that the thing which is the source of his prosperity, his wealth, his might, his exaltation, his advancement and power is, as ordained by God, the very earth which is trodden beneath the feet of all men. There can be no doubt that whoever is cognizant of this truth, is cleansed and sanctified from all pride, arrogance, and vainglory. ~ Bahá’u’lláh

An Inconvenient Truth poster

An Inconvenient Truth — The Award winning documentary by former Vice President Al Gore which lead to his Nobel Prize.  Edited together from a series of talks Al Gore gave around the country with evidence to show the veracity of human-cause Climate Change and to rally people together to try to act more responsibly.

Earth poster

Earth — A film based on the BBC amazing series Planet Earth which explores the beauty of the earth and how climate change is affecting wildlife around the globe.

The Day After Tomorrow Movie PosterThe Day After Tomorrow — A science fiction film based on a novel about a climate change doomsday scenario focused on a group of intrepid American’s trying to survive the disaster.  Not scientific but deals with themes of social responsibility and environmental consequences to human actions.

Antarctica Challenge Movie Poster


The Antarctica Challenge — An up-to-date look at the climate change research currently being done by the scientists stationed in Antarctica.


The 11th Hour Poster

The 11th Hour — Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary on the environmental crisis and some pretty exciting and radical solutions.

Climate Change may seem daunting but if we unite as a world we can work to solve the problem and create a better, more just and environmentally sound world.  Scientists, political leaders, common people are joining hands.  It is so exciting to see the changes society has already made and how much more we can do if we put our hearts and minds toward the actions necessary to prevent crisis.

Look ye not upon the present, fix your gaze upon the times to come. In the beginning, how small is the seed, yet in the end it is a mighty tree. Look ye not upon the seed, look ye upon the tree, and its blossoms, and its leaves and its fruits. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá