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Tom Shadyac

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Tom Shadyac is the film director behind such blockbuster hits as Ace Venture: Pet Detective; The Nutty Professor; Liar, Liar; Patch Adams; and Bruce Almighty. A recent brush with death compelled Tom to make his latest film, I AM, a documentary that asks some of today’s most profound thinkers two questions: “What’s wrong with the world?” and “What can we do about it?” His latest book, "Life's Operating Manual: With the Fear and Truth Dialogues," comes out on May 1st, 2013.

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Mary Oliver is a national treasure. She is as close to a living, breathing, Ralph Waldo Emerson as we have today. And while her poetry explores the beauty of nature, Mary never forgets that we are nature, as well. Lessons learned from the grace of a ...more
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It’s hard to overstate what the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson have done to awaken me to beauty and truth. Emerson packs more wisdom in one sentence than most writers articulate in a lifetime. Mary Oliver, the best selling poet in America told me si ...more
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When the demands of movie making keep me from exploring the natural world, Thoreau brings the natural world to me. His classic, Walden, reads like a prayer, with powerful prose reminiscent of his mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, that send the reader on r ...more
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It is no accident that M. Scott Peck’s Road Less Traveled stands second only to The Bible as the best selling non-fiction book of all time. It is a Bible in it’s own right, for the psychological and the spiritual, and has helped me further understand ...more
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“And so we have come full circle, and return to the essential question: who are you? From a scientific perspective, you are miraculous. You are stardust. You contain the same energy and matter that created the universe 13 billion years ago. You were once that energy—inside the infinitesimally small point of light that began all of life. Everything around you, everything you can see, touch, and taste, is made of this matter, this same universal energy: the water that shines, the tree that reaches, the bird in flight, the grass that grows. The saints and sages across the ages said it this way: you are brothers and sisters with all of creation. If who you are and how things work are one and the same, then who you are is love.”
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“There's one fundamental law that all of nature obeys that mankind breaks every day. Now this is a law that has evolved over billions of years and the law is this: nothing in nature takes more than it needs and when it does it becomes subject to this law and it dies off.”
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“TRUTH: When a child believes he must win to be worthy, when young adults define themselves by what they do and not who they are, it is a kind of slavery a slave master would envy.”
Tom Shadyac, Life's Operating Manual: With the Fear and Truth Dialogues




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