Response to Life in a Day

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Life in a Day Response

Life in a Day is a film composed of many short videos by different people of what was happening in their life on July 24, 2010. The clips varied greatly from a news photographer in Afghanistan to a Korean man traveling the world on his bicycle. This film truly showed how differently many people live. After watching it, I feel very fortunate to be where I am in life and to have had all of the opportunities that I’ve been given so far. Many people were not given the opportunities and luxuries that others were given. Some people, even children, have to do with what they’re given and are barely making it by, as in one clip that shows a child working as a shoe shiner just to make a little bit of money or in another that shows a family of 14 living in a small rundown place with no water, electricity or drains. These people and many others continue to live in extreme poverty but are not nearly complaining as much as others who are “privileged.” There were many thought-provoking clips in the film, such as a clip showing how and what they do to de-throat a cow; the way these big meat companies treat live animals is disgusting. One of the most thought-provoking subjects in the world is religion; whether there truly is a god or not. Thinking about whether or not there truly is a god is something that many people won’t ever expect a child to think of, but one clip in the film shows exactly that; a child questioning the beliefs that she was raised with. She says, “I believe in Him but what if God isn’t real and we’re just going to lie in the ground, dead forever?” I would say that her thoughts are above the average mindset of a child of her age. I sometimes wonder about the same thing myself, whether or not God is real and what happens if he isn’t. Is religion just a false advertisement of something that doesn’t exist? Or is it truly something worth dedicating time for? Well, you can decide for yourself. There’s so much to live for and I think the...
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