“Running forward into death”
“Man can embody the truth, but he cannot know it”
– William Butler Yeats
The documentary BEING IN THE WORLD takes us on a journey around the world to meet philosophers influenced by the thought of Martin Heidegger, as well as experts in the fields of sports, music, craft, and cooking, in a celebration of human beings, and our ability to find meaning in life through the mastery of physical, intellectual, and creative skills.
“You can’t ever go beyond a rule-governed behaviour without taking risks. There’s also a kind of exhilaration or joy in human existence leaving the rules behind, going out on the edge, letting the world show something new. The risk-takers are the ones who disclose new worlds, disclose new ways to be human, new ways to behave, discover new things about the world.”
“You commit yourself, and it is through that commitment that all of a sudden the world is organized in terms of things that are meaningful to do and things that are irrelevant to do (…) What happens when you have this commitment to a particular something (…) is that you get a sort of meaningful existence and a meaningful existence is the one that identifies who you are. It’s your meaningful existence. It’s the one that picks you as an individual because nobody else understands the particular hierarchy of meaningful differences the way you do.”
“The authentic person is the one who will confront this concrete situation, who does what needs to be done, is responsive to it, attuned to it and therefore has a certain kind of spontaneity that you don’t get if you insist on falling back on rules, principles, procedures, generic formulas on how to act, what to think, what to say and what to be”