-Are you a God?
- they asked the Buddha.
- No.
- Are you an angel, then?
- No.
- A saint?
- No.
- Then what are you?


"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure of
the universe"-Albert Einstein-

Om Mani Padme Hum

Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 7 1-6

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lines from Movies That Tell the Truth

A few days ago I was watching a movie called A Face In The Crowd. It was I believe Andy Griffith's film debut. A movie about how power corrupts. He is a talented character, very down home on the outside, inside out for whatever he can get. Sound familiar? He starts out in jail for vagrancy, is given an opportunity to go on the radio, then gets a tv spot locally. Soon his audience is huge, and loves the down home good ole boy he seems to be, not knowing the reality. Soon he's promoting a Presidential cantidate, and his word can make or break, sound familiar?  The line I liked is actually a banner over the hall of a banquet it turns out nobody attends because that night the girl that got him started leaves the mike open while he talks as the credits roll, and the people watching hear the reality behind the character.
The line is: " There's nothing as trustworthy as the ordinary mind of the ordinary man."  Considering the mindset of Hollywood, and that of the writers of movies, whether in 1957, or today, and the mindset of the character Andy Griffith plays, perhaps Andy Griffith himself, I'm pretty sure the intent was sarcasm, and contempt.
But the truth is that there really is nothing as trustworthy as the ordinary mind of the ordinary man, or woman. Many people, including some bloggers I've read, delight in calling them Joe Sixpack, or other putdowns, but the truth is without the ordinary people, the workers, the buyers, those who support and pay taxes and elect, rightly or wrongly the assholes in government, whatever country you care to mention, this would be a pretty poor world. Nobody but the rich, how boring would that be?
Tonight I was watching one of the DeathWish series, number 5. Bronson as Paul Kersey had just blown away a bad guy, as the DA walked into the room, he explained to the DA that he'd have killed both of them given a chance. The DA nodded and walked over to the dead bad guy. Looking down he said, "No Judge, No Jury, No Appeal, No Deal..." I couldn't help but think that maybe what this world needs is fewer laws and cops, fewer deals, fewer appeals, and more vigilantes.
This country, at least has gotten to the point that the bad guys have almost become the good guys. Breaking a law gets you thrown in prison where you watch tv, lift weights or work out, have all the dope you want, hang out with your buddies, and screw or get screwed. Most of them have it better inside, than on the outside, and we the good guys pay for them to live this way. Somehow it just doesn't seem right.
Now I understand that many find the idea of vigilantes killing bad guys objectionable, even if it is cheaper to the rest of us. So here's another idea since most of the prisoners in the US are non violent, in for drugs or other stupid rather than violent crimes, why not put them to work repairing the disintegrating infrastructure, roads, bridges, etc. Put them in work camps like the WPA used to have, charging them to live and eat. Pay them a wage, and apply everything but what they'd need for food and rent for themselves, to supporting those in prison. Of course they'd pay tax, like the rest of us. Make sense?  Another thought, I've read that in pre-Chinese Tibet, some criminals were allowed to roam about freely, the catch was that they were fitted with a collar, that exended out two feet or so. This collar was heavy and  prevented them from feeding themselves or easily drinking. They had to depend  literally on the kindness of others to eat or drink. Of course committing another crime, while probably possible was unlikely. Maybe we should try that and close the prisons, it would be cheaper and I suspect more effective.

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