Understanding the Human Condition Through Netflix
DISCLAIMER: As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I will be providing monthly thoughts and suggestions about movies currently showing on Netflix. As with all content on this blog, opinions are completely my own.
This one’s for the parents. You’ve been warned. Older kids may appreciate these selections; the younger ones - not so much.
Who are we, anyway? And while we’re at it, why are we here?
At the risk of getting all metaphysical and stuff, I can’t help but ask the question because I’m, well...human. We all ask ourselves these questions every so often, in between our own versions of insanity (I have identical twin six-year-old-boys. No further explanation is needed) and those moments when something so incredibly serendipitous and amazing happens that we just have to wonder: what is this all about, anyway?
The day-to-day tasks of parenting - teaching, scolding, cuddling and loving our kids often blurs the lens of the deeper, more life-changing questions that lurk in the backs of our collective minds; that said, those questions linger and every so often are given a chance to appear, though answers are not always easily forthcoming.
The day-to-day tasks of parenting - teaching, scolding, cuddling and loving our kids often blurs the lens of the deeper, more life-changing questions that lurk in the backs of our collective minds;
As we venture into the new year, it’s a time where we reflect on what’s occurred in the past 300-odd days and ask ourselves about who we want to be, what we want to learn and what we’re going to do in the coming 365 days.
For myself, it’s been a commitment to continue understanding the human condition and learning more about one of my favourite topics: people. Why do we do what we do? What makes us who we are? How do we continue to survive against so many odds and challenges, in spite of ourselves?
That’s my journey for this year, at least from a learning perspective. In between watching the requisite kiddie fare (hello, How to Train Your Dragon 2) and living life, perhaps there’s an opportunity for delving into a more deeper understanding of the human condition.
Which leads us to some of the Netflix fare that will allow for both an entertaining and educational look at life.
1) TWINTSTERS - As the parent of identical twins, I was of course fascinated by the prospect of this story. Separated at birth and unaware that each had an identical twin on the other side of the world, they found each other as a result of social media. A fascinating and compelling story about nature vs. nurture, love and life, told beautifully by those who have lived through it and flourished as a result.
2) BEING GINGER - What’s it like to be a “ginger?” The term for a redhead is one that is the basis for the title of this film, a fascinating look at the challenges and struggles faced by this small and unique group. Part romantic comedy, part serious documentary, it’s both eye-opening and educational.
3) STORIES WE TELL - This is hands down one of the best documentaries I’ve seen - ever. Talk about secrets and lies. In families, we all have them; it’s the degree to which they exist and the implications of having such truths under the surface that makes it so interesting.