I’m a filmmaker, a father, a son, a brother, a man, a human being and always a storyteller.
As such, I’ve spent most of my life traveling the world trying to learn as much I could and, as a kind of karmic give back, share as much as I am able to. The result has been a lot of amazing experiences, a lot of fantastic conversations, many friends and colleagues, lots of films, endless stories and a profound hope and faith in humanity.
Now, given how much misery I’ve witnessed, how much chaos I’ve experienced and how much stress there is out there, it begs the question, why do I continue to be an optimist?
The answer is simple… while the objective truth is not fantastic (i.e. we’ve got a lot of challenges on this Earth and it’s not looking so good), the experience of encountering each individual is remarkably positive. Amazingly positive in fact. Of the tens of thousands of people I’ve met on my life’s journey, there have been quite a few mediocre encounters, and plenty of forgettable ones, but the vast majority are positive and quite a few are extraordinary. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had even a handful of really horrible ones…
Is that good fortune? I guess so, at least in part, because there are certainly plenty of people doing bad things out there. That said, it’s not just luck or coincidence because even when traveling to very difficult places, I meet great people who are eager to contribute to the positive flow of life. Maybe, I’ve found even more great people the worse the place is.
Why is this? I think it’s because people, when given the choice to participate in something positive that gets acknowledged as such, they jump on it. People love to be recognised, yes, even applauded for doing good.
And that’s at the heart of all the films I’ve done… it’s simple… find the best in people in the worst of circumstances. Again, my hope is to celebrate the best of what a person is capable of offering, even under the most challenging circumstances…
And that’s why I love the vasectomy project so much.
We men get to do something good for ourselves, for our family, for our community and for the planet. Yes, it’s what we choose to do, but by choosing to do it, we make a huge difference. I was one of those men who made babies without planning it. Am I grateful for the children that were born because of my unconscious decision? Of course, I am. But do I believe that this is the healthiest way to bring human life into existence? No, I do not. I don’t regret it, but I wouldn’t want my children to do it the way I did it, and that’s a very telling lesson.
I love making films and I’m excited to share as much of the process with you as possible. Even more, I love making positive things happen and the most powerful way of making positive things happen is by working together.
This project is an opportunity for men to do something very personal and positive for ourselves that can also have a positive impact on everyone else. That’s huge.
I can imagine all of this, but I can’t do it alone.
That’s where you come in… Subscribe to our campaign newsletter, follow the journey and get involved as much or as little as you like. All men and women welcome!
– Jonathan Stack
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