Triggered by a corruption case, a judge questions her ethics and herself. How deep should a decision-maker dig for truth? Watch my short movie "Article 22" to see how that plays out for her... and beyond.
In Romanian law, Article 22 refers to the role of a judge in finding the truth and its liberty and duty to stretch far for it. But how many apply it? And how does Article 22 apply to all of us regardless of where we live? I don’t know, but in Romania, a country suffering from organic corruption it worth asking.
Where, why and how did ethics activate in my life or the germs of "Article 22" short film.
Ethics had a drastic impact on my life before knowing that the intersection of morals, beliefs, and law is a study field. Its energy had an effect on me at a molecular level as if its presence or absence turned air into matter, turning confusion into clarity and vice-verse at the highest speeds I knew.
At first, it was the lack of ethics among my partners and co-workers in the business field during a time when the casting of life distributed me in the role of an entrepreneur, a small business owner in Romania struggling to meets ends, my pathway after graduating Economics.
That kind of lack was a giant magnet that attracted organically a perfect disaster. Before my 30th birthday, I lost everything in a blink of an eye and stepped into a self and life transforming phase hard to word in the usual ways, one of the reasons I am a filmmaker today.
The zero ethics game I found myself into overnight challenged my morals, my authenticity, my identity, but mostly it made me question everything. Everything I’ve been taught, everything I’ve seen and heard everywhere else, everything I knew about life, the world, and myself. In the unknown I found myself nothing proved to be strong enough to light the way in any way. Nothing familiar mattered.
The most painful part of this game happened when it came from the inside, from my work and personal relationships. That was a really violent wake-up call, a very profound and highly intensive course about the mechanics of human nature and life on Earth.
You can’t fool the ones who returned from hell because they know where each piece should be. Some say. Others say that religion is for those fearing hell, while spirituality is for those who were already there. Well, that’s also my story.
At that very early moment on the timeline of my life, I had to ask myself all the hard questions that most of the people I know avoid when it comes to shadow work and their dark side. And I understand why, it is too painful, too uncomfortable and too life-changing.
I remember my friend’s dying mother telling me: Georgia, my girl, you reached too fast at a destination where most of the normal people don’t reach in their lifetimes, what are you going to do from now on?
The mirror her question proved to be hit me hard: Oh my God, my life began with death. From now on I must find a way to bring myself to life. At least I know where I stand.
The spiritual lesson ethics taught me breaks down to one realization: that I won’t meet problems and challenges according to the size and complexity of my businesses, activities, and people in my relationships, but according to my own size, more precisely according to the sizes I choose for me to reach.
To solve my unsolvable business and life problems at the time I had to confront my deepest truths and choose my ways in the confrontations with my opponents. My ways to be for this life as it proved in the end. By keep losing in the beginnings, I realized these confrontations are with the fake selves in me, in essence, and the rare opportunity to "train" with wild beasts has a priceless value in itself... if I survive.
But how to survive? That was the new question I never imagined I will ever have to ask.
The biggest challenge I thought I had was related to the obvious side of things: how to win the battle of my life with players much bigger and more powerful than me?