Lessons learned from CASABLANCA

by Terry 14 Replies latest jw friends

  • Terry

    I watched CASABLANCA last night. Rick Blaine is cyncial and an alcoholic.

    But, he rises above his malaise to do the "right thing" to make the world a better place. He realizes he doesn't need to sacrifice love or life to do it--he only has to incorporate a larger view of what is valuable into his life and exchange something valuable to achieve it.

    In other words, this film has a vision that allows an IDEAL through behavior by demonstrating a greater opportunity than mere complaint, destruction or self-destruction. Blaine isn't a martyr; he learns nobility of purpose instead. Contrast that to almost any other film shown on the giant movie screen today.

    "Keepin' it real" has become a cop-out for no vision of a better world at all, merely an excuse to wallow in the worst of the worst. The voyeurs among us are passive-aggressive, recessive and wouldn't recognize an IDEAL if they tripped over it on the way to the tattoo parlour.

    Art is the beacon, but, the light is dimmed. Youth wants an expenses paid trip through Candyland at full volume now. The heroes are in rehab and self-sploitation reality shows where they curse out their expletives and wallow in wretched excess on cable tv.

    Where is Rick Blaine when you need him?

  • tim hooper
    tim hooper

    Terry, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

  • Mall Cop
    Mall Cop

    Terry, Tom Brokaw wrote a true account of people like Rick Blaine in his book The Greatest Generation. They came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America, men and women whose everyday lives of duty, honor, achievement, and courage gave us the world we have today.

    All of them real people, before the Baby Boomer generation that has no reality of what that cost was so they can live the lives they have today. If you were born after 1946 you belong to the baby boomer generation. Before that you are part of the greatest generation that ever lived.

    So, lessons learned from The Greatest Generation, by Tom Brokaw is real life and a very good book to read that hits the nail on the head about what you have posted . I'm 67 and that generation is dying off.

    Blueblades/Mall Cop

  • Terry

    The anarchy driven movements among young people demonstrate a poverty of soul.

    Politics is name calling, calling out your opponent, dividing people by race and division by income. Where is the vision for healing and solidarity?

    Is this the BEST we have to offer as a species?

    Is everything on this planet just a bad video game?

    Where are the adults? Where are the sane talkers?

    Where are the leaders that calm the waters and bring divided people TOGETHER?

  • Finkelstein

    Is everything on this planet just a bad video game?

    Common social awareness of interpersonal respect and responsibility has dwindled in recent years.

    These days the commercial products sold mostly targeted to children/youth/adolescents, unfortunately take little responsibility toward what

    they are selling. Its a big money game for them to try and prosper in.

    Murder and violence is glorified much more now than ever before, in television, movies, video games and even children fantasy board games.

    The thrill of winning is placed upon how well you destroy or murder others and just how good you are in doing so. Thinking how children

    from a very young age right up through their sensitive years of being teenagers are immersed for years with this psychological ideology

    and its no wonder they have a weaker inner sense upon the core value of life itself, particularly upon other people.

    Young adolescents typically have lower sense of self esteem or lack of confidence of their own personal identity.

    Unfortunately some adolescents have to revert back to when they were appraised winners in their mind and that was through

    violent actions against others.

    Something that had been ingrained in their psychological make up all through their informative childhood and impressionable teens.

    The mind becomes what you feed it, pretty much like the food you put in to it.

    This was clearly learned and recognized during the counter culture social awareness era of the 1960's. ( Peace, Love and understanding )

    It appears the following generation(s) has now socially rebelled against this sort of social awareness and has profited greatly in doing so. $$$

    With attached regrettable consequences.

  • Glander

    We'll always have Paris...

  • Quandry

    You are exactly right. My dad was also in WWII, and just said it was something they had to do. He was a Marine and fought in the South Pacific. Then he went to Korea, where he was when I was born.

    Yes, I also wish to hear something positive and encouraging from the candidates-not what a bad person the opponent is.

  • edmond dantes
    edmond dantes

    As Judge Rutherford once said at the start of prohibtion " of all the gyn joints in all of the World they have to close down mine"

  • edmond dantes
    edmond dantes

    Then Rutherford added "we'll always have Canada "

  • Terry

    For JW's the "Good News" is the destruction of Armageddon of everybody who ain't them!

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