As promised I did remember to watch and then think about the movie Braveheart, written by Randall Wallace and directed by Mel Gibson. It is currently streaming on Netflix if you want to watch.
Then I looked at the actual history of William Wallace, listened to the interview by R. Wallace (linked below)at the website Art of Manliness by Brett McKay, and an overview of the life of Mel Gibson.
During that time I've had all kinds of things to comment on - you know how I am! But the focus for the podcast and today is this question:
What do you do with your body in a war of ideas?
I decided to focus on this after all the usual issues: courage, revolution, sacrifice, what does it mean to be a man, the male/female relationship.
And a whole lot more that came into the movie and the interview on what the message about Braveheart really was/is.
The movie is about love, courage, bravery, and what it means to truly love. But then what do we DO WITH THAT?
You have heard me say over and over life is about who we are, not what we do. And I hold to that. Action isn't the purpose of our life.
But action has a role and watching this I couldn't help but think sex and war are not the best answers for today's problems.
WOW. I am sitting here trying to remember what I just wrote because the site JUST DUMPED THE ENTIRE ESSAY.
It was a long and good discussion about what do we DO with our bodies, how do we take action when we are both feeling the vitality of life because we want to live or because we are really angry.
Guess which one I am right now....
FUMING would touch on it. And so how do I act in a way that will satisfy the surge of energy now flowing through me as I sit and passively write these words....
Truthfully, if it wasn't 25 degrees outside I'd go for a walk.
I'd hit something, but there is just me, the dog, and the cat - so no good option there.
And here in lies our problem. How do we fight for our freedom when fighting only causes more problems?
Fighting physically - hurting, torturing, killing - never creates freedom, just temporary success in you getting what you want at the cost of the other not getting what they want.
I can't recreate what I wrote - it is gone. I'll do the podcast in a few minutes so for today that is where the meat of this discussion will be.
Sorry, but the info flows without much direction on my part and once it is gone, it is gone...
Deep Breath. But I still would like to hit something....
The Podcast on The Art of Manliness and interview with Randall Wallace (writer of Braveheart).
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