Sunday, November 28, 2010

Worth Seeing

There's a scene in this movie where several friends are at the table enjoying dinner. That is, until the conversation turns political. It's amazing how quickly everyone gets instantly upset arguing about what's what. It's a rather accurate portrayal of how volatile and sensitive people can be about their opinions, something I can relate to having been among them myself on more than one occasion. What stood out to me during the ensuing onscreen argument is how those opinions, though strongly felt and believed, are too often based on outright lies and misinformation that most of us often have very little ability to filter for actual truth. The result is that we end up fighting over nothing. Tempers flare, feelings get hurt, and somewhere in the world, people are ultimately dying over the same hidden truths . One can't help but feel that the future has been irrevocably fucked -- again.

Seeing this was yet another reminder to me to question what I know, especially what I think I know, because it's very easy to base it on sources that are dead wrong. We can't afford to be wrong anymore. We can't afford to take actions based on bullshit. There's too many lives at stake -- those in our immediate families, and those in our greater human family in other countries whose lives have been destroyed by our government lies.

In "What I Didn't Find in Africa," Joe Wilson writes of our duty to ensure that the sacrifice of American soldiers is for the right reasons. Sadly, those "right reasons" are still nowhere to be found. Our soldiers died for nothing, and the number of both military and civilian casualties is strikingly higher than it was in 2003. If only it were as easy to sacrifice the lives of those who profited off their deaths.