Friday, March 14, 2008

The Moral of the Story

I enjoy watching old films made before the time the movie companies shifted from presenting a moral to trying to outdo each other in body counts or glorifying some thug subculture. One of my favorites is “You Can’t Take it With You.” The basic moral in that movie is that friends trump money every time. Friends are important, not just for our social well being here and now, but for the common man’s shot at immortality.

Precious few of us will live on in the style of the Rembrandts, Twains, and Pavarottis but we do have a shot at “Immortality lite” by living on in the hearts and minds of our friends. Conversely, one never loses a friend or relative who dies as that soul lives on in the heart and mind fresh as the day of first meeting. Most religions have a life after death clause of some sort but I believe the closest we’ll get is to be remembered by those who love us and there is a side benefit in the here and now as love and camaraderie spread through society.

The moral of the story is to be kind and reach out, be open to others, develop friendships, and aside from a shot at immortality one might find that he or she has also brought some joy and love into others lives. Not a bad deal for everyone involved.

24 Comments:

At 6:29 AM, Blogger SJ said...

Not a bad deal at all. The world could do with more joy and love.

No movies without body count for me. I particularly am fond of psycho movies.

 
At 6:51 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

sj: Nowadays I think you'd have trouble finding a movie without a body count.

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger leelee said...

(((((((((((((PHOS))))))))))))))

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Leelee: Yes??

 
At 12:30 PM, Blogger /t. said...

body counts
are not favorites

and one cultures 'thug'
is anothers freedom fighter

i detest with a passion art, stories, movies... presented as 'morals' -- they beg the question, whose?

what the world needs now is love sweet love, and a good firestorm

/t.

 
At 1:11 PM, Blogger Indigo said...

Hi Phos! I posted an answer for you over at my blog. I decided to start running the posts parallel on both Blogger and on my personal website. Yay!

Oh... and you're right about "inmortality lite". I try to live my life in such a way that I will be remembered, thought of, and missed after I cross the Veil (which, with any luck, will be a long time from now!)

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

sounds good to me, Phos!

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Pink said...

Interesting - when my Mom died, I thought - you know...when my sisters and I die - her memory will be gone. She never knew her grandchildren.

So what did I turn to? I turned to film. I went and interviewed the women doukhobors still living in Castlegar so that I'd have (i) a better understanding of her life before I knew her and (ii) so that these women could be immortalised.

We last 2 generations at best, in the hearts of others and when one of my grandmothers died, that is what made me want to start a kind of "herstory" in our family.

Deep thoughts for a Friday night :)

xx
pinks

 
At 5:57 PM, Blogger Indigo said...

Hi Phos!

I answered your second question. Yay!

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger Indigo said...

Oh... I also added a link from my blog to yours. Yay!

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger Damsel Underdressed said...

Well said, dear Phos.

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Thanks Indigo. I have to work on my links as well - I will add you as well as some of the others. I have some dead links I need to get rid of as well. Some went private and the link is no good anymore. Sad, but there you are.

Thanks all for coming over and visiting, I enjoy seeing you all!!!

 
At 4:39 AM, Blogger ..................... said...

hear, hear..
well said..

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Jack K. said...

You are right on target as usual.

Keep up your good works.

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Ruela said...

;)

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger leelee said...

That was a hug Phos...for you! I like what you wrote.

 
At 6:50 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Oh thanks LeeLee! I love hugs!!!

Thanks all!!!

 
At 8:17 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

What a GREAT post Phoso, I love it.

**one never loses a friend or relative who dies as that soul lives on in the heart and mind fresh as the day of first meeting.

so true!


Keshi.

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

And Happy 1st Bday to Max!

Keshi.

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger ANNA-LYS said...

Lovely post!

(( hug ))

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger st. patrick said...

whutta fine post lad! though i cannot find green on this space, i must say your post is correct and pleases your Fadder very mooch. you've been kind to udders i see your work and i leave you blessings and shamrocks on this great day.

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Indigo said...

Well... not much else if going on, heh heh. But there's no harm in saying "hi". :)

 
At 6:01 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Thanks all!! Hope you have a great St Pats!! Been busy shoveling out the house after the kids left - it is way too quiet around here, I really miss them!!!

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Die Muräne said...

thats a really cool post!

 

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