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Ethos Genesis was my first documentary film, which has now been viewed more than 88,000 times. It is a 2015 updated version of the highly acclaimed ETHOS (2011) by director Pete McGrain which was hosted by Woody Harrelson.

For the 2011 film, McGrain teamed up with Woody Harrelson in order to reach a wider audience, but this also meant that his original commentary had to be censored for broadcast networks before it was released.

With Pete McGrain’s blessing, this 2015 cut of the film replaces Woody Harrelson with McGrain’s original commentary from the unreleased original, but keeps the material produced for the final release, as well as adding new footage from the documentary The True Cost to support McGrain’s more frank and candid position.

McGrain takes us through the many different facets that make up today’s current system, including economics, media, politics and war, and presents the position that we need to re-evaluate our ethos (our fundamental beliefs and values) and consider that the current way of doing things may be severely misguided.

The documentary features interviews from some of the world’s most influential critical thinkers, including Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, Michael Moore and Howard Zinn (to name just a few), as well as footage from some of today’s most important and successful documentaries, including:

Hijacking Catastrophe (2004)
The Corporation (2003)
Manufacturing Consent (1992)
Zeitgeist (2007)
The Carlyle Connection (2009)
Why We Fight (2005)
The True Cost (2015)

Extensive research in neuroplasticity over the last few decades now shows that our brain formation is not fixed but rather plastic (changeable), and recent research shows that repeated positive environmental and emotional stimulation enhances cognitive function while “simultaneously enhancing vigorous longevity, health, happiness, and wellness.”

McGrain concludes that we need a to create a different narrative – a different ethos that re-educates our brains to think about and view the world through the lens of solutions, cooperation, acceptance of others and love, and we can effectively begin by the way we choose to spend our money.

This alone may not change the world as McGrain claims, but the studies show that the solution to the doom and gloom caused by the mainstream narrative that increases wellness, whether experienced in our own personal life or in the world beyond the self, is to focus on a positive solutions-focused alternative narrative instead.



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Teaching at Nottingham University, Summer 2019


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