this documentary hosted by kevin costner, narrated by gregory harrison, and directed by jack leustig chronicles the pre-columbian period to the end of the 19th century in both north and central america. through eight segments employing digital imagination, correspondence and eyewitnesses, the story of humanity in america is told through a voice often not given the space in which to tell this history.
so simple, concise and utterly beautiful, thank you!
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‘desiderata’ by max ehrmann, 1927
go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
as far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
if you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
but let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
especially, do not feign affection.
neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
but do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
you are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
therefore be at peace with god, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
with all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
strive to be happy.
‘creating a portrait of my body in this piece, i employed signs and symbols, like those commonly used in blueprints or mechanical drawings, thus leading viewers to imagine someone whom they haven’t met and possibly to reconstruct a “new” person out of the complicated and yet clearly descriptive anatomy. technically speaking, i first measure each body part, including the length, distance and angle, and then transfer the measured dimensions onto the paper. in the process, even small moles, scars and pimples on the skin are carefully observed and translated into symbols. in addition, i also try to quantify the aura of the figure in kilometers, which refers to an invisible spirit and soul, drawing halo-like curves around the head.‘ –minjeong an