Wife M, Daughter L and I watched Under the Shadow last night. On the surface level, it was a scary movie (although not too over-the-top scary) that got scarier and creepier. But on a deeper level, like “Moonlight” and “Get Out” and “Babadook” I loved its message. We have a mother who was an aspiring medical student before leaving school to join her revolution; because of that she can’t pursue her dream (ostracized) later. Her husband, instead of fighting for her, says “maybe it is for the best.” As the movie goes on, and the Djinni take over the buliding, she becomes more isolated as a mother. Her husband is gone, her community slowly leaves, her workout tape is gone, her medical book is locked away then sacrificed for her daughter’s doll, she is told by her husband she is incapable of making her own decision (to stay) then when she decides to leave rather than leave she must stay (“if you love me”) and help her daughter find her beloved doll. When she escapes all this at last by breaking down the wall with her daughter, the book and the doll stay behind, indicating you can run but you can’t ever escape.
Oh my goodness, what a message this is to be a woman in a man’s world. What a powerful (but entertaining) movie.
Brilliant. Why wasn’t this nominated for an Oscar??
It is big news in Seattle this week that the Seahawks might not standing during the national anthem — as a team. Steve Largent, the legendary receiver, spoke out against that, saying the National Anthem is not the right place to make a point. Honestly, I don’t want Steve Largent’s opinion — he was a football player I loved to watch but also a politician and known as a conservative, which means he is is not exactly unbiased. But more than that: Just when is the right venue to make a stance against something you feel is wrong? Writing a letter to the editor? Wearing a button? Posting on facebook? Will these truly make a difference? No! Here are these players, who are in the midst of the only time in their lives when society deems the relevant, who want to use that stage to stand up for what they think is right, and doing it during the national anthem is a powerful time for being heard, for making sure a topic is being discussed. But it is not that I am for sullying the anthem — to me, what is important, is that in America we have the right to protest the anthem if we want to. *That* is liberty. If as a society we bully people into falling in line during the anthem, if we enforce the anthem, than we are no better than North Korea. If that happens, if we enforce the anthem, I will be very scared.
We live in an age where Fortune 500 companies rely more on lowly treated contract workers, where minimum wage does not cover the bills, where companies no longer invest in retirmenent (pensions), where annual raises (once the norm) are the exception, can turn a profit on providing health care, where people are laid off and fired from jobs for petty reasons or so the company can show a short-term profit, and where there is literally no one with influence looking out for the interests in the common worker.
We are ruled by large companies who over decades squeezed out the local companies and then forced workers and suppliers into one-sided negotiations focused foremost on “cost.”
Along the way, “liberty” has come to mean every person for themself.
Has there been a time where it has been worse to be an Average American? I can’t imagine there has been.