Sleep was intermittent last night. It was not a bad happening, even though I do like deep, at least 6-7 hours per night is all I seem to require. But last night, 1:30am mind meandering had me reliving much of what I had seen several hours earlier.
Some special friends treated us to the new Mel Gibson movie, Hacksaw Ridge. Even, to my warm surprise, my bride wanted to see the film, though she is not at all a fan of violence in movies.
We were both moved by what we saw and experienced. This morning I find it way important to have seen the film, to reflect further on what all took place back in our past history. It’s hard to fathom what the men and women of WWI and WWII and the Korean "Conflict” and Viet Nam and all the Middle East battle went through…for the sake of you and me here in the US of A, and our whole world, even today…even with the craziness of this current political season being “part” of what was fought for.
A theme, to be written about several more times in this year’s personal blog posts comes from exploring a simple, yet utterly profound pronoun with only three letters. When this word began to show up last evening in this film in powerful ways, I admit, these olde eyes teared up, often.
My first thought was, “There’s that word again…and again…….and again.” It too often gets traded in for a four letter word (…and know, it’s not ‘that’ four letter word…….), which brings consistent systemic confusion to how we live out our lives.
Purposely keeping you guessing just a bit…what do you think that word is, and why? I’ll keep unpacking some crucial thoughts here between now and when 2017 arrives in our lives. Come back and catch up, as you are able, or interested in doing so.
For now, here are two important clips about Desmond Doss, a real life person, who’s story is the “star” of the movie. This is some of film making and storytelling at it’s finest. Here are the "addresses" of some of the clips that you can plug into your own computer:
.............and, when you have the time, don't miss this interview with some of the producers, directors and cast.......what a team! (...PS: Will someone please give Mel Gibson some itching powder for his beard.......lol..?!?...) Sincerely...what follows is well worth watching...even though it will take up some of your own important and valuable time. This is one cast and crew that was engaged in the honest telling of an important story.