3.30.2019 – Sin to kill a mockingbird

Morning sounds, birdsong
Sin to kill a mockingbird?
thoughts over actions …

Deep thoughts over the morning coffee with the sounds of birds outside,

Let me start by telling you I have never read the book, To Kill a Mockingbird.

As I think back, I am not sure that I have ever sat down, on purpose, and watched the movie from start to finish.

But I seen the movie many many many times, in bits and pieces so that I can say I have seen it.

It is a great movie. Gregory Peck may have made the finest film recording of an actor ever.

But has any movie raised the level of wide discussion and personal discovery with less result.

How can you watch this film and not mentally sign up with Lawyer Finch and NOT have it impact your life?

Yet, where are the results?

I want to stay away from the political if I can, but I have to admit that I was dismayed watching the reports of a President Trump rally from my home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I felt I might know a lot of the people at that rally.

I feel like I could make the claim, that if asked, EVERYONE AT THE RALLY would have responded that the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird, was a great movie, a favorite movie, a movie that changed their lives, a movie they made sure their children watched.

Somehow, I also feel, that Atticus Finch, the man portrayed in the movie anyway, would not have gone to a rally for President Trump.

If you know the movie, in the scene where Finch stares down the crowd, where do you picture President Trump standing?

I don’t know if I can say for sure that I would be on the porch with Finch, but I hope I would. I hope I have that type of courage.

I don’t have answers. I do try to think that I would never really understand a person until I consider things from their point of view … until you climb into their skin and walk around in it. Which goes for those folks and friends at the rally.

But I still don’t get it.

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