Saturday 16 November 2013

What I learnt from The Butler

This is a little different to the other 'What I learnt from...' series, with a little less frivolity and silliness. I saw The Butler by default, as the Chinese movie I wanted to see had finished, and so had apparently Percy Jackson. So I went to The Butler because it was on at the right time - I really liked it, though it didn't show me much I didn't know, except maybe that Bobby Kennedy was a little more influential than I realised. I'm not going to talk about this shameful historic period of time. The biggest thing I learnt from that movie, is that human beings have so much potential to be truly supreme beings, and yet we are still routinely doing horrific unthinkable things to other human beings.

And I mean here. In Australia.

Think of our current stances on Marriage equality, on Refugees, on a myriad of fund cutting the services for lower socio-economic groups, our blind-eye consumerism and the list goes on. I don't really have a solution, but I'm pretty sure twenty years from now, we'll be embarrassed by what we currently considered acceptable.

There is a line in the movie, 'We turn a blind eye to what we do to our own, but sit in judgement of the rest of the world'. I think that is the nutshell of human nature. Perhaps we need to pay a little more attention to our own behaviour. I don't know how we start change, but I know raising it to the consciousness as a problem has to be the seed of thoughtful living. How to make that seed take root and grow will take time, but it is definitely something worth considering.

PS The other thing I learnt is that I totally LOVE Oprah - I don't care what anyone says, her heart was in the right place with that show. (and yes, I did nerdily take that photo in the cinema like a weirdo)

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  1. Haven't seen it but going to add it to the list of movies I want to see soon. I agree... we will be embarrassed by what we now find acceptable.

  2. I miss Oprah too! Ellen just isn't the same. Will have to make sure I see The Butler!

  3. I want to see this movie too - now I am even more keen to see it. I do love Oprah.
    If only there was a bit more tolerance in the world - what a different place it would be.
    Have a great week !

  4. Hubby and I saw this movie last weekend and really enjoyed it. I went in thinking it would be terrible, we only went because we had a 2-for-1 coupon. I'm so glad we saw it. You are right though, we cringe at scenes in that movie, yet similar injustices are still happening today, in our own country even! It's truly disgusting and should be totally unacceptable.

  5. When I read through some of my FB feed, I am so ridiculously embarrassed. There is no excuse, in this modern world for ignorance. There is so much information available at our fingertips.

  6. Think I definitely need to put this on my 'must see' list..

  7. Considering events of recent days I can't agree with this enough Lydia!