Friday, June 05, 2009

Go Home

When asked where I come from, I always have few seconds of hesitation, but today I have none.

With my two decades of travels, filling my two useable passports and vacating several residences along the ways, I take my time to answer the second most famous question: Where are you from? (The first one could be debated later on in another blog entry sometime else). Depending on who asks, I give a different answer. I propose my country of birth, my second nationality or sometime my place of residence.

This is much more based on my own experienced confusion rather than on an experiment to cultivate my exoticism. On one hand I don’t want to be insincere and give the interrogator a Paris Syndrome answer, and on the other hand I don’t want to give a lengthy overhead presentation about one of the simplest question. After all what would you think of a first time encounter to whom you ask his name, to which he answer “it depends”?

Blaming dialectic efficiency, my origin varied.

Occasionally I answer my inconvenient truth: “I am from planet Earth” rising at least eyebrows and at most a sarcastic smile on people faces. I do understand that it is not what people expect to hear when enquiring my origin, but this is what I truly believe deep down in my soul and heart. The more I travel, the less I am from and the more I am toward.

I am still shy to stand still facing judgments and therefore criticisms about my multiple origins and nourishments. So you can imagine my surprise when I watched Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s talk at the TED conference last Feb 2009. He mentioned that his three years project movie was named HOME. That is my answer ... and he did put it in one movie.

Today June 5th 2009 is the worldwide movie release. This copyleft three years adventure has been conceived to deliver an urgent message of mobilization out to every human being to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

This mind blowing graphical movie by creating motion around his already talkative pictures, will certainly raise attention to the unique place where we all come from.

I am from planet earth, and today it’s my home town celebration.

Watch this movie, it's where I am toward.