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Matt by Seth Shapiro | Short Film

Matt by Seth Shapiro | Short Film | Grade Nine Religion Semester 2 | Scoop.it
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     This touching short documentary "Matt" by Seth Shapiro, follows a high school boy, Matthew Tapia who was born three months pre-mature and only 1.5 pounds. Doctors informed his parents that Matt had only a five-percent chance of survival. They concluded that if Matt were to survive, he would not be able to walk, talk, or think on his own, and would essentially be in a vegetative state. However, Matt is living his life defying the doctors expectations. He is able to do some things on his own including the thing he has a strong love and passion for: football.

     I am inspired by Matt's personality and story. Matt's ability to love and offer value to himself is very motivational. He understands that every individual including himself has worth and value regardless of the state they are in. Matt refuses to think of himself as abnormal or unworthy, which means he must comprehend the concept of all human beings being created in the vision of God, therefore all human beings are sacred and worthy. I also found the way Matt handled his emotions quite motivational. Living with a disability obviously must be pretty difficult, and probably causes emotions such as hate, anger and fear, and sorrow to kick in when times get especially challenging. However, as shown in the documentary, Matt does not demonstrate these emotions. Instead, he must know how to handle them in a healthy fashion. Matt must understand that he cannot choose his emotions, but he can choose how he will act in response to these emotions. For example, when Matt feels angry about his disability, he may ask himself what needs to change for God's will to happen, and remind himself that he cannot do everything on his own and needs the help of God, as opposed to just feeling angry about his disability and taking his frustration out on himself or others.

     This documentary has taught me a lot about self-worth and emotions. I learned that if Matt, even with a disability can have the confidence and maturity to offer himself self-worth, then I can too. I also learned that handling emotions in a healthy way will make me more happy and make the situation much easier. Matt handles his emotions in a healthy way, and he stays happy and his situations become less challenging to handle. The way Matt does that motivates me to act as he does.

     

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Meet Joel - My Last Days

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     In this video, a married couple are parents to four wonderful boys. However, their parenting job is a little more challenging than most. The couple's third son, Joel was diagnosed with a severe brain tumour, Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumour (AT/RT) at age one in January of 2010. Joel had surgery performed to remove the tumour and was undergoing weeks of treatment including chemotherapy and radiation. Joel's tumour reoccurred in October of the same year, making his and his parent's life even more difficult. Joel's parents and brothers are forced to adapt to and stay strong throughout this tough situation. But, the loving, amazing relationships shared between the parents, children, and God makes it a bit easier to do.

     Joel and his family's story is very inspirational to me. I am motivated by the way Joel's mother and father can demonstrate the Christian relationship characteristic "Be strong in good times and bad". They show immense amounts of optimism, perseverance, and mental and emotional fortitude in a situation where having to demonstrate those things is very challenging. The couple tries really hard to stay strong in this terribly tough time. Even when they have received devestating news, they still make an effort to put smiles on their faces. Another inspirational act shown in the video was Joel's father's ability and passion to love Joel even though he is not perfect. He demonstrates the Christ-like love characteristic "A Christ-like love is not repulsed by illness or ugliness". His father explains that he does not love Joel less because he is sick, and that he has value and his value is not downgraded because of his illness. Another motivating aspect of this video is when the whole family says a prayer of intercession to help Joel. By their action of praying, they are exhibiting the Beatitude "Blessed are the poor in spirit". They are turning to God for assistance in doing things they cannot control, therefore they are admitting they cannot do everything alone, and need the help of God.

     As a Christian, this video has an amazingly positive impact on me. It shows me that although it may be hard to stay strong through bad times, it definitely is possible. It also proves to me that we need God for everything, we need his wisdom, guidance, and assistance for almost everything we do. This video shows me that we cannot do everything on our own, and that the help of God is needed. From this video, I learned that people who are spiritually strong find comfort in God and his love, which helps them to have hope move foreword when they feel like giving up. 

     

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Tyler Dender's comment, May 21, 2014 6:43 PM
This is a very inspiritional video with many ups and downs. I really liked how you related this story to the Christian relationship "Be strong in good times and bad." I really liked how you really made it clear in the connection between the 2 and really made it easy to understand. The one thing you could have added maybe is how it takes that strong relationship between the parents and the family to really get through the tough times like you mentioned.Everyone has to be on board or the ship won't sail! Overall I really liked how you connected all of your course material to this inspiring video.
Genelle Lorraine's comment, May 24, 2014 3:40 AM
This video is incredibly motivating and inspirational. I really like how you concluded that it is possible to be strong even through the most difficult situations. I really like how you connected Joel's family's actions to one of the Beatitudes because it truly shows you that if you do follow the Beatitudes, you will be happy. Joel's family is going through such a difficult time yet they remain happy because they are poor in spirit. I agree with your points but another aspect to look at is how Joel's parents still remained faithful towards God and still trusted in him. There are people who would turn away from God if they were put in the same situation yet Joel's parents never lost faith. They never blamed God for Joel's illness and never stopped praying. They still trusted in God's plan for Joel which I think is incredibly amazing considering the situation they are in.
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The Science of Love | Can Men and Women Be Just Friends? - YouTube

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     In this video, the question almost everyone wonders is answered. "Can guys and girls be just friends?", this video explains that male and female friendships are sometimes different than same gender friendships but are still amazing and perfectly okay. The host, Julian interviews and investigates the friendships and intimacies shared between pairs of platonic friends, and teaches them how to improve their friendships by pointing out characteristics of their friendships that may be going unnoticed. 

     This video answers a lot of questions for me and reassures me that platonic friendships are perfectly fine and can in fact share the same intimacy same gender relationships share. It teaches me that a man and woman can be involved in an intimate relationship without having sexual relations. Just because they are of different genders, it does not necessarily mean they have to share sexual intimacy. As friends, they may be sharing different types of intimacies like emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, creative, recreational, and/or spiritual. This video also reminds me of the importance of treating relationships with a Christian perspective. In the video, Julian asks the members of each friendship what their needs in a friendship are as well as what they think their friend requires in a friendship. They are able to easily communicate what they want in a friendship, but have difficulty trying to think about what their partner wants. Julian then explains to the pairs that they need to consider their partners needs in the friendship and not just their own, he is essentially teaching them to treat their friendships with the Christian relationship characteristic "Benefit both parties/everyone involved". That means to both give and take from a relationship, be willing to compromise, and allow everyone involved to reap the benefits of the relationship.

     The lessons learned in this video are very important to me. The way Julian taught the Christian relationship "Benefit both parties/everyone involved" was easily comprehensive to me and will help me to improve and blossom in not only my platonic friendships, but every relationship I have a role in. The video also teaches me that relationships shared between men and women do not always have to be based around sexual intimacy, and guys and girls can share different types of intimacies as just friends.

   

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Adrian Arulseelan's comment, May 27, 2014 8:21 PM
I enjoyed that video for the wonderful insight these male-female friends shared. What I found most interesting was the startling similarities in the opinions of the four pairs. This video was very entertaining and enlightening. Some ideas that it brought up for me were, were setting boundaries and sticking to them, as well as passions. I thought of boundaries because the relationships of the four pairs only exist because of boundaries. The pairs told us that the relationships between them exist because of open communication. They said that it is okay to have the feelings that they felt as long as they are open about it. They said that it is better to let things out, instead of letting feelings boil up within them This video brought to my mind the idea of passions because one of the fundamental aspects of passions is that they don;t have to good or bad by themselves, it is actually what you decide to with them that makes them moral. The couples openly stated that yes, the feelings of attraction may exist between them, but they didn't let that dictate how they chose to act. they chose to not give in to feelings of lust, and simply have friendships. I love how much these videos tie into course material in so many ways.