On June 4th I will be speaking in San Francisco at a TEDx event called “Alive! Maximum Living as a Human” that will be livestreamed on the internet beginning at 3 p.m. EST at www.tedxsf.org.
I’m preparing my TED talk and I need your feedback. A concept I want to open with comes from a word in the Navajo language that English doesn’t have but needs: Koyaanisqatsi. It means ‘life out of balance’ or ‘a state of life that calls for another way of living.’
This word and concept was the subject of a cult art-house film from the early 1980’s featuring a soundtrack by Phillip Glass. There is no dialogue. There is no story. It is simply a mesmerizing and shocking portrait of Life out of Balance. Like the trailer above says, you truly have not seen your world until you’ve seen this film. If you have the time and patience watch it free on Hulu.com.
We live in a society that is shockingly out of balance in many ways. At TEDx I want to explore the imbalance caused by our obsession with adulthood. We live in a society that has forgotten there is life after adulthood. We’ve forgotten elderhood.
What do you think are the consequences of this imbalance?