I enjoy pretty much everything there is that has to do with the outdoors. Some of my most peaceful moments have been while walking through the forest, sitting on a beach, or boating (minus the loud engine). Accordingly I have a great respect for nature and enjoy learning about the plants and wildlife therein. My plan is to continue that learning process and hopefully enhance it by sharing what I learn. I intend for this blog to serve many purposes, but in the immediate future it will be a place for me, and hopefully others, to share ideas about reducing our individual impact on this planet, protecting wild spaces, and in general just to comment on the things we enjoy most in the great outdoors. I welcome all opinions as otherwise you cannot consider every aspect of a subject. However, I would ask that every opinion be expressed in a respectful way and considered with an open mind. Often there is no single right answer. Thanks.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Documentary: Thrive

Several months ago a friend of mine suggested that I check out a documentary called Thrive.  I had fabulous intentions to watch it shortly thereafter but that didn't happen.  Recently she forwarded the link to me and I finally took the time to watch it last night.  My husband got sucked in about a third of the way through.

I felt that it started out slowly with a bit too much of a science fiction tone to it.  The podium on which the narrator, Foster Gamble, stood spent a bit too much time floating through space for my liking.  However, the subject matter was intriguing and before long I was hooked.  The general idea behind the documentary is that our purpose in this life is to thrive, so why are millions of us not thriving?  This question could have a plethora of answers, but the film delves into the why a little more deeply than you might expect.  Throughout the two hours there were excerpts from interviews with many different people including former military personnel, scientists, inventors, and authors on a wide range of subjects.  I think that the information in the documentary is well presented without a lot of drama, which I appreciate.  At first glance it may seem like an odd film for me to blog about, but there are some ideas in there that do fit with the types of changes I am making in my every day life.

I realized a few weeks ago that one of my goals with this blog, now that there are people reading it other than just me, is to provoke some thought.  I certainly do not want to tell people what to think, but I like to offer up some ideas for consideration.  I think that Thrive is a very thought provoking documentary and if you want to have some of your preconceived notions turned upside down this is a good place to start.  The more cynical among us would probably argue that the information in this documentary is nothing new.  At the other end of the spectrum I am sure there are many that would call this one hell of a conspiracy theory and promptly dismiss it as such.  Wherever you land on the spectrum I think Thrive is a lot more interesting than most of what you can watch on TV these days so why not check it out?  At this point in time you can watch it for free on their website, www.thrivemovement.com.  I would be interested to hear what you think of it.

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