José Mujica’s 47-Second Speech May Change the Way You Think about Life


Credit: Fernando Castillo / Human / YouTube

“We invented a mountain of superfluous needs.”

Uruguayan president José Mujica needs less than a minute to break down what he believes is wrong with modern society. Mujica is the farmer-turned-revolutionary who became president of Uruguay in 2010. He was dubbed “poorest president in the world” when he declined to live in Uruguay’s presidential palace and used a beat-up 1987 Volkswagen Beetle as his transportation.

The clip of Mujica comes from Human, a documentary by French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand that collected thousands of interviews from people in 60 countries.

Arthus-Bertrand: “I dreamed of a film in which the power of words would resonate with the beauty of the world. The movie relates the voices of all those, men and women, who entrusted me with their stories. And it becomes their messenger.”

Watch an extended clip of Mujica here:

Credit: Human the movie / YouTube

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