“The really wonderful thing that happened to me when I was in space was this feeling of belonging to the entire universe” says former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison in the film Planetary by Guy Reid. This breathtaking visual exploration of our planet Earth not only guides us through a journey of knowledge and awareness, but it also enhances an internal self-inspection and process of realization of the fact that we are planetary. It aims to open our eyes and help us understand that we humans come from earth, we are made of earth, and therefore, we are equal to all the other living beings that we subcategorize. The documentary demonstrates how we are biologically and spiritually interconnected with each other and how crucial it is for absolutely every person to understand this reality. This is why I believe that, at the very least, every Rollins student should watch this documentary.
For one, this film is an amazing way to understand that every single small, daily action has an effect on the rest of the universe we are all a part of. It is a wake-up call to all of those who have let themselves sink into the worldly distractions and have forgotten to take a minute of the day to appreciate and reflect on one’s actions. It reminds us that we belong somewhere, we belong to each other. Planetary emphasizes on something that “scientists have finally proved to be true, something that philosophers always hoped to be true, and that is the fact that we are all literally brothers and sisters, we are all cut from the same genetic cloth” (Planetary, 2015).