Have You Seen This? Viral video shows power of finding common ground
Posted February 6
THE WORLD — A Danish director created a video that shows different groups of people finding things they have in common, and the internet is loving it to the tune of over 34 million views and counting.
The video begins with an empty floor with spaces taped off in blocks. Each block is then filled by groups of people who from the outside look like they have something in common. Nurses, bikers, business people, suburbanites, and more all stand nervously waiting for direction.
The moderator then starts asking questions with the disclaimer that he knows some of the questions are personal, but he hopes everyone can answer honestly.
“Who was the class clown?” he asks, and people from almost every group shift and come to the front to stand together with people they may not have thought they had anything in common with. The moderator then asks several more questions; some elicit tears, some come with giggles, and at least one comes with a round of applause. It’s a simple yet moving exercise.
Whatever you think of the video, the message the director is sending seems clear: we all have common ground if we just ask the right questions. It points a humanity that is greater than politics, money, popularity, power, group affiliation, and whatever borders we create between each other as humans.
In this writer’s opinion, whether you find common ground with others that is anywhere on the scale of silly to profound, it can be the perfect starting point to better understanding and loving each other as individual human beings.
Director Asger Leth (“Man on a Ledge”) created the video for Denmark’s TV2.
Martha Ostergar is a writer who delights in the ridiculous that internet serves up, which means she's more than grateful that she gets to cruise the web for amazing videos to write about. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.