Today, I would like to draw your attention to a few super awesome videos posted by SoulPancake. SoulPancake, as far as I can tell, is a new media company with an uplifting internet presence that (among other things) posts videos on Youtube about life’s big questions on topics like religion, creativity, philosophy, art, science, and all sorts of interesting things. So far, their videos have made me laugh, cry, and think. They study happiness, suprise unsuspecting people with song-and-dance numbers, and connect strangers who might not have learned about each other otherwise.
My favorite of the SoulPancake series: “Have a Little Faith” with Zach Anner. Zach is a “religious idiot” (his words! not mine, I swear!) who makes fast friends with people of various faiths, and uses his show as an opportunity to learn and teach his viewers about their beliefs. And he does it in a funny-yet-respectful way. He rolls around in a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy and is able to approach people and ask them personal questions in a very non-threatening manner. But it’s his adorable enthusiasm and quirky sense of humor that really shine on camera. In the first episode, “Take Your Shoes Off, Pray Awhile,” he goes to a mosque to learn about Islam from Marwa, a 19-year-old Muslim woman. In the second, “L’Chaim on a Roll,” he visits a Hasidic temple with his new Jewish friend Mendy. If you like these, stay tuned for more episodes on Fridays. I know I’ll be watching!
My thought for today is how wonderful the world would be if more people were like Zach and took the time to learn about and connect with people who believe differently. I suppose making/watching these videos is a great start!
On an unrelated note, if anybody reading this blog happens to know people at SoulPancake or Zach, I would love to help out with their videos. Just sayin’…