Yasutani Roshi once said, “The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”
This video was shared with me today from a friend whom I worked with in 2011 on a Pink Dot SG video campaign, “Support the freedom to love.”
This year’s video to educate and raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ community is titled, “Starting a Conversation.”
Take a look at this video and maybe you will be inspired to start your own conversation.
Thank-you for producing such a meaningful LGBTQ+ content video about bridging people through dialogue. To foster a successful cosmopolitan civilization that cares about issues and peoples, “we have to be imaginatively engaged with the lives of people, with the lives of strangers.” -Appiah
Message of award-winning director Boo Junfeng:
It began as an experiment and we had no idea what the outcome
was going to be. We spent 2 days sitting in coffee shops,
just chatting and listening. It turned out to be one of the
most meaningful exercises we had embarked on.
With the state of the world today, it’s more important than ever
to not live in our “bubble”, to reach out to those who are not like us, in
the hope of reaching a better understanding. For we can stand
together as one united people, or we can let our differences divide us.
The choice, for us, has always been clear.
Thank you Alex, Faliqh and Chris for bravely stepping forward.
Also thanks to Mak CK for co-directing this with me,
all at Zhao Wei Films for producing it, Looi Wan Ping and the rest of
the crew for volunteering their services to make it happen.
Thank you Ash Lim for being my sounding board, as always.
If you’re a Singaporean Citizen or PR, you know what to do.
Join us on July 1, 5pm, Hong Lim Park.
For me, my thoughts can be expressed by the following passage from “Education, Values, and Valuing in Cosmopolitan Perspective” by David T. Hansen et al. (p. 599):
In dialogue from a cosmopolitan perspective, it is not merely
recognizing the other that counts, but also recognizing that the other is
a growing being: a being with potential, with powers to express and
expand as he or she moves in the world. The “dialogical self,” if we can
pose the matter this way, is the self “interested” in those creative
modes of interaction between people wherein lesser, present powers
can expand into larger, future powers. In turn, this process makes it
possible for people to share broader meanings as well as to value the
very process itself. In dialogue, people can become interested not
solely in what they and others have been, which would encompass
what they value, but also in what they can become, which would
encompass new ways of holding and expressing value.