“How to Be Less Human”
In “How to be Less Human,” Gilad says that humans are not inherently evil, just like the snakes and scorpions. This is a very attractive theme for a movie, and one that I found incredibly interesting and thought-provoking (it reminded me a bit of “The Secret”). That being said, I’m also a strong believer in taking responsibility for ones own actions, good or bad, and thus I would not consider “How to be Less Human” an appropriate message for young children. For one thing, the movie makes some serious claims about how the mind causes action, and science has shown that those mental images created in the mind do indeed affect real behaviors. But this is not to say that you should sit around and allow kids to watch “How to be Less Human,” and blame your bad decisions on a lisp.
Instead, I would recommend looking for ways to both discipline yourself and encourage positive thinking when encountering situations that may make you feel less human. The first part of the movie is very clear: if you want to be more human, you have to take responsibility for your actions and the results they bring. This goes hand-in-hand with the notion that, in the end, you must take an active role in whatever you decide to do, whether it is good or bad. This is not always easy, but Gilad makes it very easy by showing different examples of people who have successfully overcome their greatest fears and the obstacles they faced to achieve their goals.
I liked the message Gilad sent through the movie by combining a very serious message with an interesting subplot about the quest of finding the mythical red cross and the red crescent that represents it. The entire concept of the story was a reminder of the importance of taking care of ourselves, and the perils we could face if we don’t. What I think the movie did really well was to give us an example of how finding our balance between life and our purpose can lead to happiness and success, even in the most unlikely of circumstances. Reading about the experiences of other people helped me understand what Gilad was getting at. And after seeing the movie several times, I’ve realized that it’s true: we need to find ways to encourage positive thinking even in the toughest of situations.