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How Keira Knightly Helped Me Remember What I Love About Planning …
April 24, 2015, 6:20 am
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I love Keira Knightly.

Love her.

She’s talented, gorgeous, funny and … OK, she’s just bloody gorgeous.

But she is also smart because she said this …

Now I know what you’re thinking, I only like it because she said it, but that’s not true.

Sure, I am also an atheist and yes … one of the things that bugs me about many religious people is how they view anyone who doesn’t believe in God as basically living a hedonistic lifestyle with no social conscience or regret … but the reason I like it is because it makes you think.

As Keira states, people who don’t believe in God are arguably more likely to live a honourable life because they know they can’t simply say “I’m sorry” and the slate is wiped clean, they have to live with the consequences of their actions.

And while many religious people may dismiss that opinion out of hand [with many probably refusing to give an explanation] it’s the fact she raises a point that challenges convention – while still being relevant to that convention – that I find so wonderful.

For me, that’s what planning is about.

It’s about asking questions that can be turned into infectious ideas that make people think and reconsider.

That doesn’t mean you are being disrespectful … in fact, I’d argue it’s the absolute opposite, because by spending time thinking about something and then asking questions about it, it shows you have a willingness to know or understand more, which – at least for me – is the very definition of respect.

But many don’t see it that way.

They see it as destructive … rebellious … disrespectful.

Of course, how you conduct yourself is key to how others view your motives … but it’s this ability to find perspectives that make people look at things they’ve taken for granted in new ways, that still genuinely excites me.

This is not the same as ‘disruption’.

It used to be, but disruption – at least in modern advertising terms – has become about shock or irrelevance.

No, what I’m talking about is the ability to shine a light of consideration on something that demands to be seen, heard, considered and discussed.

And that’s why I love planning because when it’s done right, it acts as the ignition to infectious creativity, powerful commerce and engaged culture.

We live in times where brands want to spoon-feed.

Where the thought of asking an audience to ‘think’ is seen as a negative.

When did that bullshit attitude begin?

An audience that thinks is an audience that cares.

An audience that cares is an audience that is valuable.

An audience that is valuable is an audience that changes your future.

Making people think and reconsider isn’t bad, it’s a sign you’re worth giving a shit about.

So thank you Keira, you reminded me what I love about my job and for that, I love you a little bit more – but don’t worry, it still doesn’t qualify as stalker standards. Yet.

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She’d be the only way I’d listen to a planner. I say listen but I’d just spend the time checking her out. Like she would be doing to me. Bad girl.

Comment by Billy Whizz

the only possible fucking reason keira would check you out so she could give a proper description to the fucking cops.

ill make it easy for her. stick thin. pointy fucking beak. beady eyes. long greasy shitty brown colour hair. kurt cobain fucking obsession. dirty bastard.

Comment by andy@cynic

A perfect portrait. Uncanny.

Comment by DH

If you see someone matching this description, you are advised not to approach them.

Comment by John

you can approach them. theyre fucking harmless. pathetic even.

Comment by andy@cynic

God might forgive you but I fucking won’t.

Comment by Billy Whizz

mission afuckingccomplished.

Comment by andy@cynic

Your level of delusion knows no bounds Billy. It would be impressive if it wasn’t so sad.

Comment by Rob

she speaks more fucking sense than a planner. i dont mean in that quote, i mean when she was in bend it like fucking beckham.

Comment by andy@cynic

But not “The Jacket”. Even Rob can make more sense than that movie.

Comment by DH

I’ve seen that movie. Bloody terrible. Adrian Brody goes – like many before him – from Oscar winner to ‘where are they now dustbin’ in 2 movies.

Comment by Rob

I’m scared there’s something we agree on.

Comment by DH

I’m a Christian, and what she says basically just shows how little she knows about Christianity. For one thing, if we do something bad, shouldn’t we apologize, Christian or not? And no matter whether we are forgiven or not, we do all have to live with the consequences… how would we not?

What we as Christians know is that God and only God can forgive us from our sins, from things that go against His design. We ask for forgiveness from Him,because our aim in life to is to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Sin keeps us from that.

If I do something wrong, I ask for forgiveness and make restitution, and then expect natural consequences. I am very careful not to do wrong because of that! I am also careful because I know that Jesus died as the sacrifice for my sins, and even though He was so willing to take the punishment that belonged to me, I don’t want to take advantage of that by sinning all I want and then simply asking forgiveness. It doesn’t work like that. I know quite a few Christians who think that’s how it works, just like Kiera Knightly says, but it isn’t possible to live that way if you’re truly following Christ.

Anyway, interesting blog, I’ve been following for for a few months now and you are super interesting and a refreshingly deep thinker. And your son is adorable. 🙂

Comment by nrg42014

Calling this blog “super interesting” says how wrong you are.

Comment by DH

ive heard all your apologies to me nrg42014 and you are all good but dont fucking do it again. you know what the fuck im talking about.

Comment by andy@cynic

I suppose when you’re a definite for hell, you have nothing to lose making comments like this. Ha.

Comment by Rob

If you like god so much, why are you hanging out with the devil?

Comment by Billy Whizz

Thank you for commenting NRG42014, I appreciate your nice – but crazy – words about this blog. However your words about my son are hugely accurate. Ha.

I respect your beliefs but sadly, there are many people I have met who do think an apology to god absolves them of any further blame for their actions that ultimately encourages them to carry on as before. Of course not everyone is like this, but sadly there are far too many.

Humans are all hypocrites – intentional or not – so it should not surprise anyone, however when someone claims to be living a pure life [whether that is a religious person or a politician] but then acts in a way that is anything but that, it opens them up to more judgement/ridicule than the masses who go around breaking their intentions on an almost daily basis.

But this wasn’t really about religion, it wasn’t even about what Keira said. It was just about the value of making people think and how many brands and advertising [which sounds incredibly crass when I am associating it with faith] believe acting like bubblegum is better than making their audience think, question, learn and challenge.

I certainly don’t mean to insult you or your views – that was never the intention – I just found Keira’s comment to have a lot of validity to my industry, even though she was talking about something else entirely.

Comment by Rob

This post has nothing to do with religion, but intelligence. Robert is basically saying anyone who doesn’t want an audience to think does not respect them, understand them or is in fear of them. Sadly, as Robert also states, that seems to be the majority of corporations, governments, and dare I say it, religions. Not all of course, but many.
I think this is an excellent post Robert. It is good to have you back.

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Comment by andy@cynic

Then I read your comment and see the one I wrote to NRG42014 is redundant. Thanks a lot buddy. Ha.

Comment by Rob

Story of your life. Or George’s.

Comment by DH

My pleasure.

Comment by George

I can see your self-satisfied smile from here George.

Comment by Rob

Must do no evil. Must do no evil. Must do no evil…..

Comment by John

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