I was trapped in my house on Saturday. WAaaahhhh, it was driving me nuts. There was so much I needed to do, errands to run, fun to seek, but I couldn't. You see, the delivery people were scheduled to deliver my new bed between the hours of 9 and 12. Not, a big deal. I still had all afternoon to do all that I wanted to do. Right? Wrong!
While I was waiting for the bed people, the people who are painting the exterior of my apartment building knocked on my door and asked me if they could paint my front door. "Sure," I said. Thinking, why not I'm stuck here anyhow. Around 11, the bed arrived. The bed people set it up and off they went. Alright! Time for me to take a shower and get the heck out of Dodge. "Ummm...excuse me Mr. Painter man. How long until I am able to close my door." "Four or five hours," he responded, "but don't worry, I'll keep an eye on things." :::::muttering to myself::: "Yeah right you will!" So, I tried to busy myself doing things around my apartment. It worked for a while until I became sleepy. You see, I was so excited about my bed arriving that I could hardly sleep the night before. Alas, my door was ajar and there were strange men milling about the hall. I surely couldn't take a nap on my new comfy bed with my door ajar. As such, I decided to pop in a movie I had rented. It was an old black and white that I had not seen before by the name of "Inherit the Wind."
How fortuitous it was that I, by random chance, selected this particular movie to watch. Not only is it an absolutely incredible movie but this happens to be the month that the Scopes trial occurred seventy nine years ago. However, the movie is only loosely based on the trial. Personally, I think the loose relation was intentional. The movie makers wanted to propogate a much wider message as demonstrated by a line spoken by Spencer Tracy:
"It's the lonliest feeling in the world. It's like walking down an empty street listening to your own footsteps. But all you have to do is to knock on any door and say,if you'll let me in, I'll live the way you want me to live and I'll think the way you want me to think. And, all the blinds will go up and all the doors will open. And, you'll never be lonely again."
Some critics of the film felt the movie people were actually trying to reinterpret history with their adaptation of the movie, However, to me it seems that the critics have lost sight of the bigger picture. I think THAT picture looms even larger now in light of the proposition of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
Another great line from the movie that I'm sure those nominated for the Most Masked Vulgarities Award will appreciate:
"I don't swear just for the hell of it. Language is a poor enough means of communication. I think we should use all of the words we've got. Besides, there are damn few words that anybody understands."
If you haven't seen "Inherit the Wind," I highly recommend it, even if it's for the acting alone and not the message. Spencer Tracy was amazing! I guess it ended up being a pretty good Saturday after all.
Proverbs 11:29 - He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
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