I was impressed by the outcome of the One Day on Earth project last year (10.10.10) and decided to participate in this year's global collaboration!
However, I didn't have anything major planned for 11.11.11, unlike other participants who were planning to make videos on births, weddings, festivals and the like. Thus, I decided to record small, interesting things I came across on this day as an undergraduate student in the National University of Singapore. I wanted to show that though one's life may not be very exciting everyday, one can still appreciate its little details, and live life well (:
In addition, being a Buddhist, I included some bits of Buddhist philosophy to show how the Dharma can be incorporated into our daily lives. Some general themes of the video (which may be too subtle to grasp at first glance):
1. Impermanence; cycles; ever-changing circumstances
The beginning and end of the day, the waxing and waning of the moon, and other natural phenomena occur in a continuous cycle. I included these two examples in this video, as well as other repeated shots at the start and end of the video, such as: orange peels, green toy, curtain, watch, lights, etc.
I also included a quote by Blaise Pascal, and circular/round objects (dots of light, moon, track, fan, etc.) to match this theme.
We usually take little notice of things we see everyday. If we are mindful of our surroundings, we may pick out delightful details that we never noticed before. My shot of the tree canopy with the quote by Marcel Proust was just that! It was near where I live all this while, but I only realized its beauty that day (:
Everything and everyone on Earth is interconnected; what we do has an effect on ourselves and others. In this video, I explored the interconnection among humans (mealtimes, activities), and interconnections in Nature (plant metabolism web). We should remember to care for ourselves and everyone around us, and make the world a better place!"