Overview is a film I first became aware of a couple of years ago and it’s something I keep coming back to again and again. It follows on rather nicely from another video I posted on The Path Less Trodden a while back.
Overview is based on a term called the Overview Effect – a concept that was imagined by a guy called Frank White in 1987. The idea is that after astronauts see Earth from space, they experience a ‘cognitive shift’ and are suddenly aware that the planet is actually one big ecosystem floating through the cosmos. Physical and political boundaries that we perceive whilst on Earth simply don’t exist. Rivers, mountains and forests flow into each other. It’s the understanding that this is our home, along with all the other living things on the Planet and it’s protected by the atmosphere which we see as being vast, but astronauts see as being incredibly thin and fragile.
Although this topic may not have a direct link to our industry, as a group of people we interact with the physical Earth more than most. We have a great deal to loose should our actions and inability to change continue to have a detrimental effect on the planet. It also puts our attitudes towards each other into perspective.
This is one of the most beautiful, inspiring and above all important 20 minutes of film that a human being could watch in the early 21st century. For me, it pretty much sums everything up.