Last week , I watched the following movies
a) The Great Debaters
b) The Man of Honour
c) Abraham Lincoln
All these movies have one thing in common apart from being the finest movies of Hollywood.All these movies are based on real incidents which happened in United States of America and are related with racial discrimination.These are the stories which must be told to each and every new born in 21st century as it is about equality,democracy,fundamental rights,courage and about the achievements of people who changed the history forever despite so many odds. Such movies inspires coming generations and also motivates each one of us.Someone rightly said that movies, art, drama, music, and newspapers are actually reflection of any country’s society.
I was really looking forward to watch Lincoln since i read about it in the newspaper.I m very fond of Abraham Lincoln as I admire him since my graduation days.He is the man I look up to for inspiration.Steven Spielberg chose such a good subject for the movie and showed us (as we are almost 150 years ahead) about this historical character and his emancipation proclamation. I liked the scene when he explains Euclid’s notion to telegraph engineers :
Abraham Lincoln: Euclid’s first common notion is this: Things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other. That’s a rule of mathematical reasoning and its true because it works – has done and always will do. In his book Euclid says this is self evident. You see there it is even in that 2000 year old book of mechanical law it is the self evident truth that things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other.
But why i like him ? As he was real loser like me till he became President. He lost literally everything in his career. He was on the verge of breakdown in his early thirties. He lost everything in his life from love to every single candidature he stood for until he was chosen by Republicans.He was the Man who redefined Mankind in a single opportunity he got while he was President. He was the great story teller as he was experienced and well read in times when the word Internet was not even coined.He lost his Mother in early age and had fear that God would snatch every person he would ever love. Another one my favourite :
Abraham Lincoln: “Can we choose to be born? Are we fitted to the times we’re born into? We begin with equality, that’s the origin isn’t it? That’s justice. See we’ve shown that a people can endure awful sacrifice and yet cohere.”
Mini Biography is at following URL :-Abraham Lincoln
American society is hardly 250 years old and as we claim ours (Indian) to be as old as mankind.Their movies have preserved their glorious past in movies but we haven’t captured any glimpse of our history or past. I was moved when Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha was mentioned during the debate at Harvard University in The Great Debaters. We have so many characters from history who shaped history with their vision, teachings and leadership.We have so much to offer the whole world from Buddha to Mahatma Gandhi.We as a society needs inspiration today.We must acquaint our society with the ideology of these great individuals and what could be the better medium than movies.
Our education system teaches us engineering,medicine, architecture, law etc but it does not teaches us values, morals, and humanity.If these subjects like engineering,medicine etc are pillars of our nation then values, morals, humanity must be our solid foundation over which we must build our nation.In day to day life we all may not apply or require complex theorems but yes we require simple fundamentals or concepts like humanity, morality, values which could make this world a better place to live.
Many of us like me who are privileged to be born after World war have escaped the suffering of wars, revolutions,movements which took toll of millions of innocent people across the globe. I heard the amazing talk on TED last week by Janine di Giovanni about the war and worse they could do to any nation.It was really moving to hear from someone who has captured the war all her career.The video is available here War.
Best quote of the week:-
“Better to have your enemies inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in”.
Books on the shelves #
Does he knows A Mothers Heart ? By Arun Shourie : Intellectually simulating and thought provoking book as it questions the authority and claims of our God/ Son-of-Gods and challenges/ questions the teachings of various faiths and religions. Author is the father of an autistic son who is 35 year old today and the husband of lady suffering from Parkinson’s disease.He questions that if God claims to be so forgiving and kind then why do so many people faces these sufferings for no reasons of theirs ?