My Perspective of the Human Experience The Human Experience, in my opinion, was an interesting choice for my first lecture into the world of psychology. The documentary opened with a young man named Jeffery Aziza riding in a car talking to a camera. The choice of using a black and white lens for this opening made me feel as if this cinematic feature was him trying to be open, honest, and make very serious statements to help me understand his personality, where he comes from and why he is setting out on this Journey.
Jeff shows us throughout the film what exactly his inner demons are during each of his experience projects.The first experience that puts my mind in motion thinking about others starts with Jeff and his brother Cliff living among the homeless in New York City during the winter. They immediately notice the hardships of sitting outside in the cold. I could empathic with the feeling of helplessness. To me, they feel and look lost which is what most homeless people seem to deal with on a daily basis. A homeless person most times doesn’t know where they are going to sleep, where they are going to eat, or what meal they are going to be served in the soup kitchen (if they an even find a soup kitchen).Jeff and Cliff meet some of the homeless people on the street and interview them.
During these interviews, I got to listen to someone in a bad situation describe how people saw four dogs on the street and took them home so they wouldn’t freeze to death, but did not help the homeless person standing next to them. I felt an emotional response of shame for both myself and the people who did not help them. This was a particular surprise to me, as I unfortunately pass by homeless people frequently and have never really considered that they would want anything more from me then change to buy their next bottle of alcohol.In the second experience that Jeff and Cliff document in their film, they are traveling with a group from Surf for the Cause down to Peru. In Peru, they visit a children’s home for abandoned and sick children. The film shows a huge home full of children, a doctor, and a few volunteers. It is interesting to note how parental/protective Jeff and Cliff become in the scene where they get into accident with the two other cars.
Cliff isn’t concerned with the two angry drivers; his concern is with changing the flat tire so the hillier can get to the hospital to receive their therapies.Also notable in their experience is a statement made by one of the volunteers. She was talking about when people see these children, they can’t understand how the kids are happy despite their injuries. While I currently don’t understand what makes children so durable mentally, there is something about children that makes them able to adapt to their situation and “go with the flow. ” Their perseverance is a trait that could inspire others and could help others through whatever tough situation they may face.Jeff and Cliff take a trip to Africa for their third experience. At this point, the brothers visit a leper camp.
To me, the takeaway message from this experience was that even though most of these people in the camp each have severe deformities and problems of their own, yet they have a great sense of community and help each other in any way they can. These men and women have been shunned by their own families and villages. What is amazing is that this leper camp becomes their family distance themselves from someone they perceive as being sick.But in communities f people with the same affliction (cancer, for example) people begin to bond and help each other try and pull through. They form and Join support groups to build a bridge of support and friendship. This film is meant to challenge our emotions and feelings and help us understand the different experiences of others in life.
For me, I hadn’t put any thought into how people cope with the different difficulties that they face on a daily basis. By the end, the film helped me understand Jeff and other people’s plights. It gave me a very interesting start to understanding the psychological nature of others.