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You asked me to identify the ten films I’d put in a time capsule. I’ve been thinking about it a lot in the weeks since you’ve asked me. As I started to figure out which films those would be, it occurred to me that I was deciding based on the importance of the lessons each carries–the importance for me in my own life, anyway. Sure, I think you can tell something about styles of filmmaking that I like from these picks, but I see them as each representing something different and valuable.
So here they are…
Whatever the meaning of life is, you can bet that freedom from fear is part of it.
Telling the truth and standing up for others isn’t always easy, but you have to do it.
Make a relationship with impermanence.
(1952), dir. Akira Kurosawa
“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Being a human being involves doing our very best to care for, communicate, and be in community with others.
“Never give up on anyone.” – Atisha
In the words of Walt Whitman, we’re all of us “large, and contain multitudes.”
“Flee. Be Silent. Pray.” – Abba Arsenius
Nonviolence is the only way.
(1982), dir. Sir Richard Attenborough
Grace is where it’s at.
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