Monday, May 26, 2008

Lions for Lambs

I wonder how many of you have seen the movie Lions for Lambs? It was the first delivery I received from my new Blockbuster account. What a treat to receive a movie in the mail!

The film is directed by Robert Redford and stars Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise and Redford. At first it seems as though you are watching three totally disconnected mini-movies. But as the movie progresses, the pattern woven between these three stories becomes clear.

I don't know about anyone else, but I can often be powerfully impacted by a movie. This was one of those times. I think more than anything else, the film left me with many questions that are extremely thought-provoking and challenging to answer.

If only one theme were extracted from the stories, it would have to be the issue of Personal Responsibility. But within that, would have to be the question of where we each see ourselves on the continuum between Apathy and Engagement. 

Behind the scenes, Redford commented that one of his primary intentions was to address the lack of involvement, apathy and cynicism that speak to the times in which we are living. In his role as the college professor, at one point, Redford says to his student, "Rome is burning and the problem is Us ... all of Us who do nothing."'

I wonder how many of us are ever truly faced with the question of Who am I as a Person? Am I Willing to Take a Stand? Where do I stand? What will I stand for? What will I fight for? What would I be willing to die for?

I am most anxious to hear your comments on this one!

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