We didn’t know what would happen when we set out to make this film. The four of us who took The Box on the road were all simply amazed by the people, the surprises, and the light bulbs, which would illuminate, along the way. We’d learn so much more than just the answers to the questions. We learned about ourselves, and how our views fit in the big picture. The prospect of right and wrong seems absurd yet, many of us continue to define God in ways which naturally create conflict.
Do any of us really understand the foundations of these definitions we’re fighting over? I consider myself to be a reasonably educated man; I’m a former journalist who covered news and events for ten years across America, and I’ve traveled overseas many times. But after reviewing the footage of 163-diverse Americans, from 8 different cities and towns, it became obvious that our collective views, while quite different, have a common history.
Is there any way for us all to coexist, with our different definitions? And is there an emerging, “un-organized” religion or faith developing today? We think our views of God are accurate, as compared to primitive descriptions of God just a few thousand years ago. But will our descendants, a couple thousand years from now, be looking back on our current interpretations as, just as primitive? The contributions, from our religious leaders and historians, put things into a context we could not have expected. It’s been an eye-opening journey.
The box, itself, takes on its own personality and life. It becomes the central character in the story. The box captures it all – not just our answers and our drawings, but it captures how we feel about the subject matter, and about each other. It’s a small, private place, which engenders a sense of intimacy between you and your point of view – while the rest of us get to be voyeurs in a strange and wonderful way.