Importance of Natural Resources

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Translator: Joseph Geni
Reviewer: Morton Bast When I graduated UCLA,
I moved to Northern California, and I lived in a little town called Elk,
on the Mendocino coast. And I didn’t have a phone or TV,
but I had US mail. And life was good back then —
if you could remember it. I’d go to the general store
for a cup of coffee and a brownie, I’d ship my film to San Francisco, and lo and behold, two days later, it would end up on my front door, which was way better than having
to fight the traffic of Hollywood. I didn’t have much money, (Music) but I had time and a sense of wonder. So I started shooting
time-lapse photography. It would take me a month to shoot
a four-minute roll of film, because that’s all I could afford. I’ve been shooting time-lapse
flowers continuously, nonstop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for over 30 years. And to see them move
is a dance I’ll never get tired of. Their beauty immerses us
with color, taste, touch. It also provides a third
of the food we eat. (Music) Beauty and seduction
are nature’s tools for survival, because we protect
what we fall in love with. It opens our hearts and makes us realize
we are a part of nature, and we’re not separate from it. When we see ourselves in nature, it also connects us to every one of us, because it’s clear
that it’s all connected in one. When people see my images,
a lot of times they’ll say, “Oh my God.” Have you ever wondered what that meant? The “oh” means it caught your attention; it makes you present, makes you mindful. The “my” means it connects
with something deep inside your soul. It creates a gateway for your inner voice
to rise up and be heard. And “God”? God is that personal journey
we all want to be on, to be inspired, to feel like we’re connected
to a universe that celebrates life. Did you know that 80 percent
of the information we receive comes through our eyes, and if you compare light energy
to musical scales, it would only be one octave
that the naked eye could see, which is right in the middle? And aren’t we grateful for our brains, that can take this electrical impulse
that comes from light energy to create images in order
for us to explore our world? And aren’t we grateful that we have hearts
that can feel these vibrations in order for us to allow ourselves to feel the pleasure
and the beauty of nature? Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates
appreciation and gratitude. So, I have a gift I want
to share with you today, a project I’m working on
called “Happiness Revealed.” And it’ll give us a glimpse
into that perspective — from the point of view
of a child and an elderly man — of that world. Little girl: When I watch TV, it’s just some shows
that you just — that are pretend. And when you explore, you get more imagination
than you already had, and when you get more imagination, it makes you want to go deeper in so you can get more
and see beautifuller things, like the path, if it’s a path, it could lead you
to a beach or something, and it could be beautiful. (Music) (Narrator) Brother David Steindl-Rast:
Do you think this is just another day in your life? It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you: today. (Music) It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift
that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness. (Music) If you do nothing else
but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond
as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent
this day very well. (Music) Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised
that you have eyes you can open, that incredible array of colors
that is constantly offered to us for our pure enjoyment. Look at the sky. We so rarely look at the sky. We so rarely note how different it is
from moment to moment, with clouds coming and going. We just think of the weather, and even with the weather, we don’t think of all
the many nuances of weather. We just think of “good weather”
and “bad weather.” This day, right now, has unique weather, maybe a kind that will never exactly,
in that form, come again. The formation of clouds
in the sky will never be the same as it is right now. Open your eyes. Look at that. (Music) Look at the faces of people whom you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom, not only their own story,
but the story of their ancestors. We all go back so far, and in this present moment, on this day, all the people you meet,
all that life from generations and from so many places all over the world flows together and meets you here, like a life-giving water, if you only open your heart and drink. (Music) Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch,
and there is electric light. You turn a faucet, and there
is warm water and cold water, and drinkable water. It’s a gift that millions
and millions in the world will never experience. So these are just a few
of an enormous number of gifts to which we can open your heart. And so I wish you
that you will open your heart to all these blessings, and let them flow through you, that everyone whom you
will meet on this day will be blessed by you, just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you. (Music) And then, it will really be a good day. (Applause) Louie Schwartzberg: Thank you. (Applause) Thank you very much. (Applause)

Reader Comments

  1. oh my God, for me means the glory of the Creator of the universe and all what lives, YHWH the God of the bible..

  2. Why fight life?  Each moment as a human is a blessing.  Love the Earth that unconditionally loves us even as we destroy her with our chemicals and abuse her animals

  3. I'm a fan.  "oh" catches our attention, "my" the personal connection and "god" that journey that we all should be on.  Absolutely profound!  Thank you Louie.

  4. It is really great video ,,
    Old man described every thing need in the life and also need it everyday .

    everyone can exploits his time and open your heart , open your eyes around yourself

  5. What I have taught myself is this,we humans are all of the same race therefor racism is none existent.The differences are cultural.
    Integrating cultures is nigh impossible hence the need for borders.
    Respecting ones neighbours cultural desires whilst protecting ones own is quite natural and may I say,respectful.
    Respectfulness breeds admiration which leads to mutual agreement and this is the way to co-habit.
    The problem is the dickheads that we elect on our behalf coming up with idiotic,ill thought out agendas that will ultimately fail as a direct result of trying to be too politically correct.
    Farage was right when he said that Brussels has blood on its hands.
    As if Putin would let Crimea join the expansionists EU.
    He quite obviously has learned from history ( and quite rightly so ) and will NEVER let what happened in the second world war ever happen again.
    26 million dead and still counting so don`t be surprised that Putin resists the west.
    The fuckers in Brussels are being overwhelmed by a man and his country whose true belief is that of their nation.
    Just wish the EU leaders thought the same and then there would be no EU 🙂
     Like all empires,they are destined to fail !
    Lets go it alone and be in total control of our future, instead of some unelected EU career politician trying to make a million and a name for themselves.
    Sorry for the long winded comment.

  6. إفتح عينيك، إفتح قلبك وحينها سيكون يومك رائعا.
    Open your eyes, open your heart, and then you will have a great day.

  7. this is very beautyfull! and I will struggle to try to live every day like this man says like it was my first and my last one.
    But I would wish a similiar TED-talk that is less focussed on the eyesight, for I hope blind people can perceive the beauty of the world and the shared human identity, with their non-seeing senses just as well.

  8. Cultivate Gratefulness, and every day will be a great day. Amazing time-lapse shooting, and what a sharp wishful message! I love it!

  9. Beautiful and peace evoking 🙂 would love to know an old man worthy of the same admiration i feel for the speaker. 

  10. Made me realise how narrow minded we are. There is a big world to explore and we are just happy repeating the same things everyday. Need more adventure in life….

  11. I agree with most of this video and indeed, I try to live that way. The way it it is delivered makes me want to puke though, It is just so overflowing with overly saccharine sentimentality I had to exert much of my willpower to stop myself from closing the tab down.

  12. Awesome, I can only aspire to be this good with my little raw nature videos. But I fully understand the importance of Nature and it's ability to heal us all!

  13. Wish I could reach out to you, my fellow human beings .. but I scare you.  You don't like a smile, when it comes from an ugly man. A kind touch, reassuring we are all one, seems creepy when delivered by a hulking giant. When an ogre tells you, 'you are beautiful', it doesn't feel like a complement, does it? I've lived this.

    We all wish to feel connected, but only by other attractive beings. It's a fact.

  14. Exquisite and so incredibly powerful and inspiring. Thanks for your important work, Louie! I share this w/ my classes!

  15. I don't think I took a single inbreath for the whole video… it was as if all I could do was breathe out gratitude for this beautiful pause to learn about our humanity. Thank you Louis Schartzberg

  16. incredible on so many levels, the visual beauty, and so much deeper the miracle of life….awesome narrative words, and perspectives from the brilliant young girl to the wise mature gentleman…. Beyond words thank you

  17. 8.40 "I wish that you will open your heart with all these blessings and let them flow through you, that everyone that we meet on the street, will be blessed by you, just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessings all around you, then, it will really be a good day." Beautiful images and beautiful words, this really touched me.

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