Friday, 28 February 2014

"Because who is perfect, get closer" - an inspirational video by Pro infirmis

Sharing a beautiful, poignant and inspirational video ('Because who is perfect? Get closer') on physical disability. We should be thankful for our sound health and do not complain about silly things which we have not got. This video teaches humility at its best. Rejoice at your small imperfections (these days it is easy to go for a nose job, if you have ample amount of money), remember that there are other people who are in no way near perfect, but remains happy. You can read more about the video here. The video was directed by Alain Gsponer and the project was made to honour people who are diasbled on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd). The technicians created mannequins based on the bodies of disabled people to raise the awareness that no one has a perfect body (everybody likes to think otherwise). Pro Infirmis, an organisation for people with disabilities, worked with people suffering from scoliosis (a curved spine), shortened limbs and a woman in a wheelchair. The models in the video are radio host and film critic Alex Oberholzer, Miss Handicap 2010 Jasmine Rechsteiner, athlete Urs Kolly, actor Erwin Aljukić and blogger Nadja Schmid. Restructured mannequin made accordingly to perfectly reflect their body shape was then displayed in a high street store in Zurich's main shopping street. The joy in their eyes was evident. See the pictures and video.

All models with their mannequins





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Buddha's last words remind us of our own imperfection, "Decay is inherent to a all compounded things. Strive on with diligence"

Yes, decay is inevitable and unavoidable. Just imagine how the human body turns into a pile of filth following death irrespective of the beauty of the body. Physical beauty has a huge impact on our minds, we draw biased opinions and conclusions on others based on external beauty. It is undeniable. A very concerted and conscious effort is needed to  see beyond that "matrix" of beauty. Those who are beautiful always have an edge on almost everything they do, totally undeserving at times, then it becomes a bias. Even parents get biased on their children who differ in their skin tone or facial features. Dark skin tone is equated to being dirty; dark skinned people are low lives. Judging people by looks is not fair, at least in my opinion. It is always a pleasure to see beautiful men and women, but their beauty is just a "random lucky gift", not a "talent". When you see Aishwarya Rai, Angelina Jolly, Hrithik Roshan or George Clooney, you are awestruck or simply blinded. But the smiles you see on the faces of the people portrayed in the above video are just "natural and real", not "plastic" or "coached" like our stars. We should respect these people, they mirror the ugliness of ours rather than their own. Compassion, empathy, more disability friendly spaces are required. Such attempts to create awareness should be lauded and welcomed. It is better to have a black skin rather than a black heart.  Do you agree? Please let me know your opinion through your comments!