Volition

Wow. Moderator Chris and reader Bekah just alerted me to this film.
Volition was 1 of 15 finalists from almost 300 entries in The Doorpost Film Project’s 2008 inaugural film contest, winning $10k. The theme was “Hope, expectation of positive change.” Volition makes quite a statement in less than 7 minutes. Very well done. Click on the graphic below to link to the film.
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22 thoughts on “Volition”

  1. Oh my goodness. I totally started balling when he crushed the check. What a beautiful video!
    My 1 year old liked the baby. She kept pointing at him and saying ‘ba-ba.’ :)

  2. Read or watch The Pianist for a beautiful, heartwrenching, true story which features another Nazi with a heart. Sometimes basic human goodness prevails

  3. The Nazi was a person, the slave was a person, the Jew was a person, the slave owner was a person, the doctor was a person, the abortionist was a person, the baby was a person, the mother was a person, the father was a person.
    Each person is different and the same, there is no such thing as the “perfect person.” We are all different. All these people live different lives, lives we cannot fully comprehend because they our not our own. Each one is the same, they have unlimited potential. They all have the potential to transcend what they were taught to follow what they believe to be right or to sink to the lowest depths of sick thinking and action. The baby. We have no idea what he will be like. Will he sink or rise above it?
    We have to remember, the Nazis, the slave owners and the abortionists were all unborn babies as well.

  4. The way the Nazis viewed Jews is the way we view animals now. The same for the slave holders. Think about that.
    And for the argument, “We need to kill animals to live!” The Nazis felt that way about the Jews too.

  5. We have to remember, the Nazis, the slave owners and the abortionists were all unborn babies as well.
    The difference between the abortionists, and unborn babies is that unborn babies are innocent.
    The way the Nazis viewed Jews is the way we view animals now. The same for the slave holders. Think about that.
    And for the argument, “We need to kill animals to live!” The Nazis felt that way about the Jews too.

    Jess, there is really no comparison. Animals are not people. I know you love them, but please stop comparing them to people.
    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family have a blessed day.

  6. I watched the video, liked it, and read some of the comments on the sidebar. A man by the name of “Paul” with an Obama logo remarked on how he hopes it saves babies…People are so blind…

  7. “Jess, there is really no comparison. Animals are not people. I know you love them, but please stop comparing them to people.”
    Why Bethany? Just because we don’t share DNA? Some people don’t like to think of the Jews or Africans as people either, or grant them any respect or dignity.

  8. Why Bethany? Just because we don’t share DNA? Some people don’t like to think of the Jews or Africans as people either, or grant them any respect or dignity.
    Posted by: Jess at November 27, 2008 4:10 PM
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    I couldn’t reason with a cat that almost blinded me when I was 6. I wasn’t teasing it or doing anything to it.
    I didn’t get the chance to respect the dog that mauled my leg when I was 9 years old, when he broke from his master and attacked me. The guy tried to use voice commands to call him off. Didn’t work. Neighbors had to pull the dog off. Nice 1/2 pitted scar on my leg as a reminder.
    Should anything attack me again – whether in the presence of the owner or not, I will kill that animal.
    While I agree with you that the Nazi’s, Klan and abortionists were also unborn children that needed protection, you’re missing the idea of justice, except when it comes to animals.
    Why is that Jess?

  9. Why Bethany? Just because we don’t share DNA? Some people don’t like to think of the Jews or Africans as people either, or grant them any respect or dignity.
    Jess, do you feel that insects are also on the same plane as humans? Just out of curiosity.

  10. Rats may not sleep through the night, but they have the sense to not scream their lungs out and wake you (and all the neighbourhood) up too.
    Rat cages may be expensive, but they’re much cheaper than prams/strollers, cots, basinettes, change tables, high chairs, slings, car capsules, etc.
    Rats rarely projectile vomit on you.
    Rats don’t require expensive trendy outfits which will be outgrown within days.
    Rats don’t grow up to be bratty teenagers.
    Rats don’t need bibs and they clean their faces themselves.

  11. Why pet rocks are better than pet rats
    1. Rocks don’t poop.
    2. Rocks don’t scent mark, although if they’re dirty they can leave smudges.
    3. Rocks don’t need to be fed or watered.
    4. Rocks stay where you put them, don’t try to escape from their cages and don’t run under the furniture to hide.
    5. Rocks don’t gnaw everything in your house.
    6. Very few people are allergic to rocks.
    7. Rocks don’t breed uncontrollably.
    8. Rocks are rarely territorial or hormonally aggressive.
    9. When you take your rock out in public, people are never appalled about your choice of pet.
    10. Rocks don’t run up huge vet bills.
    11. Rocks hardly ever get infestations of lice or fleas.
    12. Although rocks can scratch you, they never bite.
    13. Rocks have a much much much longer life span.

  12. You don’t have to change poopy nappies on rats and they can be toilet trained from as early as 5 weeks.
    So if your house became infested with rats, you would toilet train them all? lol

  13. Finally had time to watch this movie. Beautifully done. Kudos to the director and actors! I’m going to email this around to friends and family.
    It’s a shame this thread became another animals vs. humans discussion.
    Wonderful lesson that if we don’t learn from the past (Nazism, slavery, and pro-choicism) we are doomed to repeat it.

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