IMPORTANT NOTE: Many of our beliefs, perspectives and viewpoints have been culturally imposed by the mainstream media, our education systems and most commonly our closest peers and family members. Admittedly many of the opinions I’ve held over the years were just that, un-researched and heavily influenced by conversations with other ill-informed members of society that also unconsciously sponge up information on a daily basis, we all do it. That is until I chose to embrace freer thinking and hold off judgement until I felt I’d explored both sides of the story enough to construct an informed opinion. A process that can be really fun, honestly there’s nothing that has taught me more about myself and the world we live in, than the curiosity to question everything more openly.
Its in recognising the enormous influence that unconsciously soaking up information can have on us that prompts us into more critical thinking. From there, you enter the realm of more intellectual debating, recognising that just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they are wrong.
Here I present you with a list of common beliefs that I deem a hindrance to our progression with a documentary that explores the opposite.
I felt this was an important perspective worth re-iterating, but most importantly, please discuss in the comments; what documentaries shifted your perspectives? Do you agree or disagree with what I’ve said? There is no teacher like experience, so we’d love to hear yours.
1. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE RESEARCH INTO PROMISING CANCER CURES ARE BEING SUPPRESSED BY PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES:
“I would like to dispel the myth that the pharmaceutical industry is in the business of health and healing. Because, in fact, what the pharmaceutical industry is in the business of doing is disease maintenance and symptoms management.They are not in the business to cure cancer, to cure Alzheimer, to cure heart disease because if they were, they would be in the business of putting themselves out of business.” – Gwen Olsen – Former Pharmaceutical Industry Rep that wrote Confessions of a Drug Pusher.
Please watch the documentary and tell us your thoughts on the subject.Unrestricted US Link here
2. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE PSYCHEDELICS COULD BE EXTREMELY USEFUL TOOLS FOR THE HUMAN RACE:
Not only medicinally but also promoting necessary shifts in perceptions if our intentions are to end unnecessary wars and human suffering globally. It seems no coincidence that those who explore psychedelics often share a worldview that involves active participation in supporting the search for more sustainable living, harmonious collaboration and the search for happiness on a more introspective level, or is it? Neurons to Nirvana explores honestly the irrational fears which led the US government to effectively block virtually all scientific research of this subject for forty years through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, psychologists, writers and pioneers in psychotherapy.
(Full documentary is on Netflix)
3. IF YOU BELIEVE ‘ALL WE NEED IS LOVE’ AND WE CAN JUST IGNORE THE NEGATIVES OF REALITY, PLEASE WATCH THIS:
Hold presumptions on this one, it is probably not what you think. This documentary approaches the ‘new age’ and ‘all you need is love’ mindsets to question the over embracing of love and denial of negative reality. I would be very interested to hear the opinions of Live Learn Evolve readers on this one, please comment below if you’ve seen it.
4. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE THE HUMAN RACE IS RAPING THE EARTH’S RESOURCES AT AN EXPONENTIAL RATE:
We live in a time where our use of the world’s resources is far beyond a sustainable limit. Eventually, the major powers will be forced to compromise over the use of the last remaining fossil fuels. Will that be a graceful agreement or become messy and chaotic, likely to prompt world war. The fact that people still trample each other to death on black Friday for a Walmart bargain suggests the latter. Home explores the impact the human race is having on the planet, alongside some of the most beautiful cinematography I have ever seen. The entire film is shot with aerial footage that blends seamlessly with the narrative; it is truly a masterpiece.Watch Full version on YouTube
5. IF YOU THINK CANNABIS KILLS BRAIN CELLS AND IS MORE HARMFUL THAN ALCOHOL ABUSE:
That is all well and good, but it ’causes schizophrenia’ – nope it seems we can dispel that myth too, it is more complicated than the media plastered it to be. Harvard studies cite that they are not linked to causality and science daily explains that actually, genes that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia also increase the likelihood of using cannabis.
Many people die from alcohol abuse, nobody has ever died from cannabis use in history. Alcohol is neurotoxic and damages the brain, growing numbers of studies show marijuana instead has neuroprotective properties.
Alcohol use is linked to cancer, and marijuana use is being used to treat it. The list goes on and this documentary The Union is by far the most informative production on the subject. If you have any other resources that accurately debate the safety of cannabis, besides your personal experiences of course, please link them to us below.
“We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologise for my own role in that. I apologise because I didn’t look hard enough, until now I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.” – Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent
6. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE OUR CAPITALIST SYSTEM IS FLAWED
A documentary from Michael Rupert, a former LA police officer turned independent reporter that outlines the inevitable collapse of economic systems if they remain rigid in its flawed structure. He presents the facts and lets viewers form their own judgments. Please let us know your experience in the comments below.
7. IF YOU DO NOT THINK THE US GOVERNMENT ARE SUPPRESSING FREEDOM OF KNOWLEDGE ONLINE.
An Incredibly heartfelt documentary on Aaron Swartz. The internet genius and Reddit co-founder who committed suicide in 2013 at age 26 when faced with decades in prison for releasing educational documents to the world for free, simultaneously uncovering incredibly sinister motives behind the suppression of knowledge that fundamentally lead to the widespread belief that his death was no accident. Once again, I urge you watch the documentary and express your opinions on this in the comments below.
8. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE A RESOURCED BASED ECONOMY IS VIABLE:
“The entire money structure & materialistic society is a false society. Our society will go down in history as the lowest development in man. We have the brains, the know-how, the technology and the feasibility to build an entirely new civilization.”-Jacque Fresco
This documentary supports the exploration of a new socio-economic system created by Jacque Fresco. It features the life-long work of Social Engineering, Futurism, Inventing and Industrial Design, which led to the idea of a Resource-Based Economy. This certainly opens up new perspectives but what do you think about its viability?
9. IF YOU DO NOT THINK TAX HAVENS ARE CREATED AND PROTECTED BY THE 1%:
International tax experts outline the hidden secrets of the financial world, operating in the shadows where sizeable capital streams travel the world at the speed of light and avoid paying tax. Surprisingly, the concentration of wealth is much worse than stated in the film explaining 10 million people are at the top 1%, but in 2012 three mathematicians from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology when researching the corporate connections around the world, came to the conclusion that a mere few hundred individuals control 80% of the world’s output and assets, only 737 infact.
10. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE MASSIVE GLOBAL UNEMPLOYMENT IN OUR CURRENT SYSTEM:
Technological advances should be setting us free from the mundane and underpaid jobs. Instead, they are used to consolidate an insidious misappropriation of commonwealth. Work for Free explores these advancements and how they will inevitably revolutionise societies, whether we thrive on its potential is a choice we have to make.
Picture this though, should natural resources, the most tragically overlooked of which being land itself, be rightfully the property of the inhabitants of that country, and any usage of that commonwealth is taxed back into the public and redistributed as a citizen’s income. Would any other form of tax need be paid? “It pulls the rug out from under the corporate monopolists, oligarchs and rent seeking parasites, stimulating the economy at a grass roots level and places the general population back into the driving seat.” – tell us your thoughts on this below.
We have created a full list of recommended documentaries with summarised ratings here. There will be weekly additions to our documentary and film page so keep an eye out. If you have any thought provoking films and documentaries that have changed your perspectives that you’d like to recommend, please comment with them below, we’ll aim to reply and watch them all.