There’s so much in this documentary. One of the most beautiful realizations was in watching the way he saw the child in each person (even in himself). We should “speak to” the child in other people more often, not in a patronizing way but because of deep respect.
There were harsh criticisms. There were attacks of those confusing his message of inherent value with self entitlement. What a shame. But it did not deter him. He was sure of the invisible things and knew their weight was far beyond the visible and tangible.
Being in the generation to experience “before cell phones” and “after cell phones”, I realized that in many ways this was the man who pioneered navigating a new era (TV) with such intention and tenacity. He used a platform to love, empower and educate children instead of being bullied by the new social norms. What great lessons he gave us.
Quotes worth pondering from “Won’t you be my Neighbor” documentary.
“Love is at the root of everything -all learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love or the lack of it. And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become.”
“The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re LOVED and capable of LOVING”
“From the time you were very little, you’ve had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving. So on this day, let’s take some time to think of those extra special people…”
“Won’t you be my neighbor”? Well I suppose it’s an invitation. It’s an invitation for somebody to be close to you.