I Am: A Documentary Chock Full of Big Ideas

DSC00984As Spirit Lady, I love thinking about the nature of reality. Actually, I’m pretty okay with believing there are things that happen in this world that we will never understand. Mystery excites me instead of scaring me (like I think it does to many people). When authorities (like intellectuals, religious leaders, or scientists) come across with an “I know everything” attitude, I always think about all the people throughout history who “knew everything.” The Roman Catholic Church imprisoned Galileo for endorsing heliocentrism. Christopher Columbus just knew the Indies were a straight shot west. And, guess what, the Earth’s not flat. Gasp!

I recently watched the documentary, I Am, which tackles that big questions. You can catch it on Netflix.

I Am is filmed by Tom Shadyac (who directed Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty). After a biking accident, Shadyac finds out that he may have chronic health problems as a result of the accident. With that looming over him, he begins to question his extravagant lifestyle as one of Hollywood’s elite. He seeks answers to existential questions from some pretty big names, like Desmond Tutu and Noam Chomsky. He also talks with his dad, who helped create St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, about how to make the world a better place. This documentary deals with the big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Are we all connected? How can I make the world a better place?

The world can be a magical place if we will open up to all of its mysteries. Remember what it was like to be a kid? The world was always showing us new things. As a mom, I get to experience all that wonder again through my ten-month-old daughter. She gets the biggest smile on her face whenever she figures something out or sees something new. It just lights up my world.


  • That sounds like an interesting documentary, and I didn’t realize he had all those different connections. No doubt about being a parent and re-discovering the world through a child’s eyes. It’s awesome, even when said child is in love and fascinated with the goats at the zoo. . . where she would like to spend literally one hour talking and brushing them. :)

    Nice photo, too!

    • Wow, KB is a brave. I was scared of the goats, but would tentatively give them a bottle of milk. They are crazy at Grant’s Farm.

  • I heard about this documentary a while back and will probably watch it.

    Your point is a great one: being open to ideas (of any kind) is what keeps us young, and interesting. I try to at least hear people out and think about what they believe or like or want, even if it conflicts with what I currently… know(?)… to be “right.” QUOTES INTENDED.

    As for Sandwich Lady’s point, the other benefit of kids is YOU GET TO WATCH CARTOONS without being creepy.

    • I get a gut reaction whenever I try to be “right” about something because we’re always updating our beliefs whenever we have new experiences or get new information. In the big scheme of things, what does it really matter if we are “right” if we’re not happy, peaceful, etc., etc.

So, what do you think?