I love liberals.
Because I believe that – deep inside – they are happy.
I’m not saying they’re happy about the world situation.
How could they be?
The world is at war, economies are failing, and here in the United States, unemployment and housing foreclosures have put millions of people at risk of realizing their American dream. At the same time, our country’s public education system is mostly deplorable, and there is so much homelessness that shelters must consistently turn people away.
So, no, the liberals are not happy about the world situation.
What they are, however, is comfortable in their own skin.
As for others? Non-liberals? I’m not sure about their comfort levels. I think just about everything that isn’t just like them makes them uneasy. Other races (such as might come in the form of a black president) scare them, and so they parlay that fear into allegedly “just” legislation (or no legislation at all). Independent thinking gives them the creeps, and so they seek to enact policies that promote controlled action. They distrust someone who views the whole of humanity because doing so flies in the face of “us” versus “them.”
Non-liberals need enemies in order to justify the fear on which their thoughts and actions are based.
Non-liberals are uncomfortable people, and if they have it their way, discomfort will become the rule of law.
… Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a screening of Klute at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (what we townies call “LACMA”). And what made the event a particular pleasure was Jane Fonda’s appearance, after the film. She sauntered onto the stage, a martini in hand, and proceeded to engage those of us in the audience for nearly an hour.
I’ve always admired Fonda’s work, but that night, I became a huge fan. She was beyond dynamic, and she also said something that – while not altogether enlightening – was so well-presented that it made me think. She had been talking, of course, about her experiences as an actress, and she shared that the reason so many Hollywood types are liberal is because actors are naturally empathic.
How true. But, that empathy is not just limited to actors.
Hollywood, which earns a bazillion dollars a year, takes in that profit because of collective empathy.
A screenwriter cannot create a credible script unless he or she understands a variety of characters.
A producer cannot get that screenplay “green-lit” unless he or she believes that those characters’ stories will resonate with the audience.
A director cannot elicit truth from the movie’s actors and actresses unless that director can envision the emotions that underlie a scene.
And the actors themselves demonstrate, through their performances, the empathy they share with the screenwriters, the producers, and the directors.
It’s brought a boatload of money to Hollywood, so maybe it’s a profiting formula.
Something for non-liberals to consider.
… It also makes me wonder. Movie theatres are dark. They are places where we, the audience, can react in private ways. They are places where, even when we’re in a crowd, we can feel an incredibly personal connection.
Given John Boehner’s propensity for tears, I cannot help but wonder: Did The Help make him cry (even though he probably expresses racism privately and with his cronies)? If he saw Edward Scissorhands back when it came out, did he respond emotionally to the protagonist’s plight (even though that protagonist does not “fit in”)? And going back further: I bet E.T. was a multi-kleenex experience for our “Speaker.” But: if that same extra-terrestrial showed up in his congressional district, Boehner would give him a one-way ticket off the planet.
Non-liberals may have empathy deep, deep, deep in their souls, but feeling it, and ultimately exposing it, scares the hell out of them.
And it is probably for that reason, more than any other, that they are unable to imagine the financial advantages of kind decision-making.