It's hard to say what the right answer is regarding a lot of things in life with many variables..., but one thing I can say on this one, is that the whole supplied crew of misfit russian, uzbek, korean, etc... jib operators through AD's were super incredible people, nothing I saw them do, or did myself felt out of integrity there. We were payed to go make art, not scrutinize or support any kind of behavior good or bad, when I left I felt like I had a new family I was gonna miss, and I think I can say for all of us that came from America and the UK to make it happen, that we'd do it over in a heart beat if it came before us again. Gulnra personally was a pretty incredible woman that has many non profits supporting the arts and film and has invited us back for what they call "master classes" in october @ a big free media and arts festival she holds for the former USSR and surrounding countries.
I appreciate your heart and advocacy for humanity Jakey Jake... Empathy and humility are fundamental building blocks to leading righteous life and making the world a better place. Practicing what you preach (the integrity block... one underneath both the two above) is also key...
That being said, no offense man, but I think that there are two many variables in this one to just start casting stones of hatred in my teams direction in general especially without at least asking a couple questions (probably privately ;) to keep in line with the old integrity block mentioned above) first...
I hope you all can find it in your heart to take a look @ what we create in the end with kind, warm, loving empathetic eyes as we're all pretty incredible people with what I feel like is a heart full of the above mentions assets and all, read every last thing about Uzbekistan, its people and its alleged way of life, spent countless days on the phone with everyone there before we went, made all of our own righteous decisions and worked as hard as humanly possible on this one. We hope it shows. More to come soon.
May be few of these articles can explain better, than I can, but somehow, I doubt it...
At least Sting had donated the proceeds to non profits, will you?
Jake, In all sincerity with no snarkieness or sarcasm, I continue to find your stance on this issue to have all the markings of moral conviction...
1) You're convinced that your stance is right and that Ari's is wrong
2) You believe it so strongly that you're willing to crossover that uncomfortable line of actually speaking your mind rather than shrugging and saying, "Ah, to each his own."
3) You are actually giving him advice as to what he should do instead (e.g. not do the job at all but if he does do it, give his payment to charity)
So even though, apparently, your conviction on this issue is not related to religion, some might say you have all the INTOLERANT characteristics of essentially saying to Ari... "I'm right, you're wrong, and you're a lesser person because you don't believe, think and act like I do."
In your mind, there is no debate. Your stance is TRUTH and you don't see any other path that is humane or reasonable.
I will fully admit that there are many religious people (Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, etc) that use their beliefs as a weapon to make themselves feel special and better than others. They use it to divide. They are NOT motivated by a love of others but simply by their desire to be right. That is not the type of Christian I want to be. According to Jesus Himself, those people are not Christians at all, even though they wear His name.
I'm simply asking you to step into another person's shoes for a moment and imagine that they have beliefs that they feel VERY strongly about, just as strongly as you feel about this issue with Ari. Their beliefs happen to be based on the idea that moral guidelines are not of human origin, but come from our Creator, who built us and knows what's best for us. (As an example, when Red posts the PDF of the EpicX user manual, are they being legalistic or rigid or intolerant when they expect us to follow their instructions for maximum/ideal use and enjoyment of the camera? Won't we break the camera and void it's warranty if we choose to just do whatever we want with it?)
A person who believes strongly about something, and then tries to help someone else come to that point of view, is not necessarily rigid and intolerant. They may simply be trying to help, doing what they think is best for the other person. My assumption is that you're trying to help Ari and help him do right by the people of Uzbekistan. That is the same thing a true Christian is trying to do when sharing their faith with another person.
So similar to the position you are taking with Ari, just because a person of faith is trying hard to help someone see the world from their point of view doesn't mean they are biggoted, fundamentalist zealots. Those exist for sure. They are probably the majority because it is easier to feel arrogantly "right" than it is to love with humility. But there are some out there who are simply trying to love their neighbors by pointing them in the direction that has brought tremendous joy, meaning and healing to their own life and relationships. If you've gotten this far, thanks for hearing me out.
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