With more than 7 billion others on Earth, we still have a deep connection with each other in one way or another. Although individuals carry different beliefs, we collectively have a universal idea of the meaning of life. The 7 Billion Others project does an incredible job of giving us a global, profound insight of our unifying similarities and the principle differences that urge us to make a difference.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand partnered with Sybille d’Orgeval and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire to illustrate the unity on Earth and the actions we need to take to further work towards harmony. The project consists of 6,000 filmed interviews in 84 countries in which people are asked about their views, including hopes, dreams, and fears. In his editorial, Arthus-Bertrand shares his personal mission to give via the purpose of the 7 Billion Others project:
"For in struggles to come, whether it is the struggle against poverty or climate change, we cannot act on our own. The times in which one could think only of oneself or of one’s own small community are over. From now on, we cannot ignore what it is that links us and the responsibilities that this implies.
There are more than seven billion of us on Earth, and there will be no sustainable development if we cannot manage to live together. That is why 7 Billion Others is so important to me. I believe in it because it concerns all of us and because it encourages us to take action. I hope that each one of us will want to reach out and make these encounters, to listen to other people and to contribute to the life of 7 Billion Others by adding our own experiences and expressing our desire to live together."
The philanthropic photographer demonstrates that with enlightenment, drive, and action, we can make a difference. He manifests in SOLO's mantra that one idea, one action, one person can change the world. Among the tender film topics are happiness, differences, making love last, and the meaning of life.
When it comes down to it, we are all in pursuit of happiness - to find a state beyond contentment, a state that's full of love and laughter, a state of bliss. A lady from Romania describes happiness as "to feel good in your own skin" and expresses that she will obtain happiness once she feels self-love. She demonstrates that we all have our insecurities that contributes to feeling unsatisfied with life, but she also shows us that we each have the ability to uplift each other. A man from Cuba expresses how "No one on Earth knows total happiness," and maybe he's right because we all have our triumphs and defeats. However, we can still create a joyful journey. Throughout the interviews of asking the simple question, "What is happiness?" human beings around the world describe happiness as satisfaction in life - whether it's for the moment, for the day, or for eternity.
Many of the 7 billion others on Earth, unfortunately, feel as if they do not know what happiness is due to the fact that it is hard to achieve the fundamentals of life, such as putting food on the table for their family or funding an education for their children. Each film clenches your heart, tugging on its strings to care, to act, and to believe you can make a difference. Yann Arthus-Bertrand does an exceptional job of making you want to flourish the world with positivity and extend a simple helping hand.
SOLO Eyewear encourages you to learn more about the 7 Billion Others project and explore the world through the visions of human souls that are just like you. Most importantly, we encourage you to fulfill your personal Mission to Give.
There are some beautiful things we see in daily life where we simply take a moment to appreciate the significance of it all. What we fail to realize is that there are many people all around the world who unfortunately, cannot clearly view the beauty we see. SOLO Eyewear strives to give people a chance to see the views and beautiful moments that most of us get to see every day.
Here are a few things that we are beyond grateful to see:
1. The Sky
There is something powerful about the sky. How it can so subtly set the tone of each hour of the day.
The way the sun rises to give the day a new light, new beginnings, new opportunities. The way the white clouds appear against the bright blue sky creates such a mystery, and you wonder - what else is out there?
The way the sun sets so peacefully against the horizon with a different background every night - from cotton candy skies consisting of cool, calming colors to whimsical watercolor pastels to the classic, picturesque sunset.
The way the stars glisten in the midnight sky, empowered by the moon, and somehow you get lost in your own galaxy. You reflect on the lessons you've learned and the things you still wish to learn. You simply dream of the person you want to be in the universe and what impact you desire to make.
The sky has the power of setting your mood. It's a power not all of us recognize, but it's a power we must be enlightened by.
2. The Ocean
Living in San Diego, we may be a little biased. However, if you have been able to grace one of the five oceans of the world, I am sure you agree; and if you have not, you must admit you've dreamt of it.
The ocean allows us to feel a sense of tranquility. Serenity comes when the waves kiss the shore, and it's almost as if you can hear the water roaring towards relaxation.
For many of us that live along the coast, the ocean is our getaway. When we want to feel at peace, a visit to the ocean is always the answer. When we feel like the pressure of the world is weighing upon us, the waves are there to lift it right off of us into the depths of the sea. The ocean has a way of making us feel like everything is going to be okay. It's a reminder to trust our journey because a true sailor navigates his way without a fear in the world.
3. Last but not least, LOVE.
Love is a beautiful feeling, and it comes in all forms.
The love for your passion in life - whether it's art, music, fashion, science, culture, athletics, etc. It's beautiful to see people pour their hearts and souls into the things they love. They have something that fuels their ambition, something that fuels a life worth living. And the fuel you witness can fuel something in you.
The love for adventure - a time to reflect. Adventure is a time to reflect on the person you were, the person you are, and the person you want to be. It allows you to be proud of how far you've come and look forward to the rest of your journey.
The love for your loved ones - your family, your friends, your significant other. Being able to see your loved ones' faces is a privilege no one should ever take for granted. The expression on your mother's face in times of endearment. The expression on you father's face when he's proud of you. The expressions your friends make when laughing ridiculously at your jokes. The expression your significant other makes when he or she realizes you're the one. Seeing the ones you love happy sparks a happiness in you.
It's not just about the physical aspect of what's visible to the eyes, but it's rather about feeling the beauty of life that's triggered by seeing the things that inspire us, the things we adore, and most importantly, the people we hold so dear to our hearts.
So take a moment, and show gratitude for the beautiful things you are able to see and thus feel.
Our mantra is one idea, one person, one action can change the world. We believe that we each have a purpose in this world, and through our purposes, we impact the history of humanity. You may think, "History? No no no...I'm not a part of history." Ahhh, but yes you are.
Each small action makes a difference: holding the door open for someone behind you, picking up that piece of trash you didn't carelessly drop on the ground, telling that stranger he looks good today. The positive energy you put into the universe reflects on this earth. With more than 7 billion people on Earth, each human being can make positive choices so we can see the change we wish to see in this world.
We believe in a world where every kind thought, every kind action goes a long way - where people believe that kindness is virtue. Where kindness grows and becomes the central topic of news. Where people believe in helping others, even strangers. We believe in a world of mindfulness. Where people are aware of the good and the bad they do. And we hope that people realize that every choice they make affects this earth. We believe that the foundation of life relies on the conscious effort of making good choices, so that every living species can live in peace and harmony. We believe in the saying that “Happiness never decreases from being shared,” because as Buddha mentioned, “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” At SOLO Eyewear, we aim to make a difference, one smile at a time.
We’re in this world together so we should work together to make it the best it can be. The actions you take show what kind of world you want so say yes to kindness, peace, and love. Your decisions today can create a better tomorrow.
SOLO - one idea. one person. one action can change the world.