BEING IN THE WORLD takes us on a journey around the world to meet philosophers influenced by the thought of Martin Heidegger, as well as experts in the fields of sports, music, craft, and ... See full summary »
Presented by Alain de Botton, looks into the philosophical impulses behind traveling and in doing so offers a profound and often witty view of some of the deeper issues underlying travel and our desire for it.
I was really looking forward to seeing this series, but I find this to be another anti-American British documentary. Don't get me wrong, I am a liberal anglophile who would love to have been able to enjoy this. I kept trying to not be offended, but it was so bile ridden, slanted and selective upon its viewpoints that I found it to be unwatchable. Sure, it is easy to interview people who will "ironically" illustrate your viewpoint. But he had no interest on interviewing anyone who might not fully support his premise, that America represents the ultimate evil that is undoing the world. Well, I kept wanting to tell this prat that he doesn't have to be here. I guess it is part of the raving anti-americanism that I have personally experienced, every time that I go over to Europe. First of all, not ALL Americans feel the same way, and not ALL of us think the same way. And there are as many fat, loser, rednecks all over the world, including England & the continent thank you very much. Status isn't simply an "American" problem. It's always been around since time began. So this dude comes over with a patronizing tone, and an expensive suit and clothing, talking about ordinary people being wrong for wanting to succeed. Whatever! Also interviewing a TV preacher, then making a blanket statement of Christianity in America being about money, well what a lazy amount of research that was. I'd love to just interview "Creflo Dollar", then say - see - here what is wrong with Christians and Americans. Let's just not allow for any other viewpoints - let's just make a blanket assumption. What a lot of nonsense. I guess he would rather have the middle class toothless and living in squalor alongside an aristocracy that relies upon one's birth and social snobbery rather than talent, desire or anything else. This is a one sided snobbish view of "what's wrong with America". Personally, I am so sick of this type of scapegoating, I really expected more from this. I know there are a lot of problems in the world, but jeez! I'd rather be worried about succeeding in life and striving to better myself, along with all the materialism and tackiness that comes with that - than whine about what's wrong with everyone else with a smug superior sneering tone. Enjoy.
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