I firmly stand by the idea of Escapism…. especially when I don’t like myself very much. I have been irritating myself recently, delving into self-pity more than usual, and that is just a waste of time. So, as a way to occupy a few hours of my time, I decided to watch a movie.
One thing that I am not sure I have mentioned before: I take movies VERY seriously. I give myself over to the story completely, I take no aspect of the creative process for granted. I savor lighting, camera angle, score, dialogue…. ALL OF IT. I view movies as vehicles for emotional exploration. To me, there is no such thing as a bad movie, for that label is much to vague. Much like every other statement or opinion, I want support and specifics. There are very few movies out there that I honestly view as ‘perfect’.
When I feel like my life is difficult or that I am fighting against terrible odds, the true obstacle is (as Richard mentioned in his comment) my perspective. Specifically, I have come down with a case of the ‘poor, poor, pitiful me’ narcissism. The perfect cure for this ailment:
If you have not seen this movie, I definitely recommend it. The fact that is a true story only makes it that much more of an inspiration.
I am in awe at the power of the song, Amazing Grace, more so in the story of the man who wrote it. But I am humbled beyond measure and forever grateful for the man who was inspired by it. For those of you who are not familiar with the movie, it is the story of William Wilberforce, the politician who dedicated his life to ending the slave trade in Great Britain.
It is possible for one person to change the world.