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A Lesson in Humanity

October 28th, 2009

I don’t know if you are familiar with the movie “Gran Torino” with Clint Eastwood. I watched it the other day, thinking it was going to be one of those “typical male” movies. I have to admit, I was bored for the first 30 minutes…until I got it.

The message in this movie was actually so strong, that I needed to share it here, in my blog.
For me, the main character possesses many personal traits that we all have. Then he has those that we rarely see these days but honestly, we should have more of them!

He is grumpy, not very friendly and cynical about other people. Don’t we also sometimes feel like being unfriendly and locked in our own world, because the rest of mankind just disappoints us so much? Sure we do. The question is, what do we do about it? Probably nothing much; we wait for another, better day and then we face the world again, our feelings towards it remaining unchanged.

Not so the movie hero. In spite of being of a senior age, he learns how to be more open and accepting. He broadens his boundaries, he steps out of his comfort zone, he even opens up his heart.

And at the end (without revealing too much, just in case you want to watch the movie) he takes 100% accountability for his own actions and fights for what he believes in. Ultimately, he reveals more humanity than all those friendly, gregarious and super-successful people that tend to impress and inspire us so much.

Yes, sometimes movies can teach us a lesson. And yes, sometimes the diamonds are hidden really, really well.