To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, San Francisco YAD organized an “Earth Day Movie Party” featuring the movie “Wall-E” on April 18. 11 members and friends joined this online movie party with popcorn and drinks from the comfort of their homes. The movie was set in the distant future, where a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. The movie portrayed Earth in a state of waste and desolation, caused by the excessive toxic byproducts produced by the mindless pursuit of technological advancement. After the movie, the group discussed topics such as the connection between nature and humans, striking balance between technology, environment, human and animals, and the differences between surviving and living.
Sherry shared that living is about having meaning and purpose in life, versus surviving, which is just keeping yourself alive. Amanda emphasized on the need to maintain a healthy balance between a sustainable environment and advanced technology. Selene talked about how we are all part of nature, and that we should take care of it. The discussion ended with Venerable Miao Zhong, Advising Venerable of San Francisco YAD, alluded that the plant in the movie represents hope and connection, and encouraged the participants to ponder about the “plant” in our lives right now.
The event was one of the many online events organized by San Francisco YAD in response to the COVID-19 situation. San Francisco YAD will continue to host online events to lend social support for its members. The next event is Virtual Gaming on April 25th.