Disney and Pixar's animated film WALL-E
resonates with so many people because of the truths it spoke of the destructive direction of America, Rabbi Shmuley says. "Essentially, people treated it like a children's movie, so they removed their defenses, and the message went straight in," he says. WALL-E
pointed out Americans' poor traits, and Rabbi Shmuley suggests how you can fix them. Rabbi Shmuley says some Americans are:
- Destructive of their environment. "We have one planet. How much can it give if we just continue to take and take?" Rabbi Shmuley says. Suggestion: Restore a sense of wonder in nature. "Love our planet and respect it," he says.
- Lazy and indulged. Americans don't get enough exercise; they're overweight and uninspired. Rabbi Shmuley says to work hard without becoming a workaholic.
- Materialistic. People need things to make them happy, Rabbi Shmuley says. Go for hikes and bike rides rather than to shopping mall, he says.
- Spoiled. We don't know how to work for things, Rabbi Shmuley says. "We expect them instead." Try not to spoil your children by giving them everything without them earning it, he says.
- Consumers. Rabbi Shmuley says some people believe "I consume, therefore I am." Learn to live for the moments, rather than the things, he says.
- Stupid. "We are not exercising our minds, and they are becoming flabby," he says. Suggestion: Read more books and watch less TV.
- Selfish. "The more we focus on ourselves, the less we even notice that other people are around, Rabbi Shmuley says. "Learn to appreciate all the blessings that surround you."
- Jaded. The film's robots seem to have more feeling than we do today. Feel more as humans and less like robots, Rabbi Shmuley says.
- Unappreciative of the little things. "The movie reminds us that a tiny, little plant can instill within us a sense of wonder," Rabbi Shmuley says. Try to do three things a day—or one big thing—for another person every day without expecting anything in return.
"It's ironic that it takes an animated robot to teach us that our earth is valuable, that human life is precious and dare not be squandered and that human beings must get off their lazy behinds and find a sense of purpose. But, as the Jewish philosopher Maimonides said, 'Accept truth regardless of its source.'"