Writing Prompt 4

Is there a line from a movie that always makes you laugh or smile every time you hear it, or that you quote frequently?  What’s the line and where’s it from? Why do you remember it: was it the people you were with, the movie itself, etc.? How would you persuade someone to see the movie?

Oh geez where do I even begin? I have way too many movies that I quote for many different reasons. Hell, my entire script and how I participate in this world is from the movies I have watched and the music I listen to. That’s all there is. But asking me to select one? I’ll try….  

The one that’s really coming to me right now is from Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of the King. The first is when Merry and Pippin were talking with the Ents about going to war with Isengard, when the Ents ultimately decide not to participate. The Chief Ent is explaining why they’re not going to war. “This is not our war.”
Merry shouts, “But you’re part of this world! Aren’t you?!”
They all look at him in amazement in return to the strong feelings he’s exhibiting.
I guess I can say that this sums up my own feelings about the current environment that we are in. There are many around me that hobble along down life and expect themselves to be truly living. And when a cause or something of note threatens to take everything, we all stand aside and refuse to do nothing, many claiming that this is not our “war” or what have you. It IS our war. This is OUR life. We are a defining collective that is trying to survive together but really we just want to kill each other.  Can’t we all see the damage that is being done, not only to the planet but to ourselves as well? We hurt, stab, bludgeon, injure, maim into submission everything that we run into. And for what reason? We are all a part of this world, and we all have an equal share in this thing. We are a part of this world, so we have to do something about it to save it from the rest of these swine that are tearing us all apart, believing in our differences and having mistaken pride in them, further separating us. I am not negating the struggles of any a particular group of people, but it’s our belief that we are different than others that sow the seeds of discord among us that truly differentiate us from one another. There is no sense in it, except for those that strive to keep us apart. And what then if they finally succeed, as we clearly see with this current atmosphere that we are in. There reeks a stench of discontent and the karmic currency we once had is now being declared bankrupt in this selfish mode of living. It’s not my problem, it’s not my thing. 
This is where the story gets weird. While you can’t be going and taking everyone’s problems as your own, we must own what it is that we do to each other. The actions we perform against others in hopes of making ourselves feel better. We are all suffering! Each and every one of us is, and our further isolation from one another is only reinforcing this false belief to one another. If we were to band together in this world like we can, then we could perform such things that the likes of humanity has never seen before. But will we? No, it’s not our problem that our oxygen levels are running low. It’s not our problem that we throw away the food that others would kill for. It’s not our problem that we let the government get to the miserable and desperate state and believe that there is nothing we can do to fix it.

All. False. 

And his exclamation still stands true today. We are all a part of this world. So why do we choose to do nothing? Fall into the sad line that keeps us apart from one another…. 

Which leads to the next quote: “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
This one invokes a tear from my own eye everytime I hear it. As much as the world gets hit and beaten, as much abuse as we dole out onto it, we cannot deny that there is a flower sprouting out of the concrete willing to greet us. This flower, the small token of appreciation from a source we know nothing about… that. That is worth fighting for. Why do we continue to muddle and muck about in our own business, pretending everything is fine? Everything is NOT fine. Focus not on the shadow in front of thee, my brothers and sisters. Focus on the source of light behind you. Yes, you will see everything wrong, but then you can do something about it. Yes, there are billions of us, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot do something to change the world around us. Our governments are corrupt, filth-ridden and stuck in an incomprehensible cycle of greed, aggression, terror, and regression. It’s better to keep us in the dark than it is to educate. Educated means an upheaval of the order that others have established before, and they are unwilling to move. So let us move instead. Let us move for other values than ourselves. Let us move forward to the conjoined morale of the human race. Let us join together and eliminate this perversion of a system that no longer works. 
There is some good left in this world, even inside you. You know it. You feel it. And there are others out there too that feel the same as you, as me…. So why are we hiding from each other? I send out this word for the world to hear: Join together and let’s rise to end this insipid violence, to end this irrational tyranny instilled upon us in our darkest hour. We no longer need it. All we truly need is each other. 

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  1. If you enjoy quote-worthy work, I recommend the books of Terry Pratchett. They are full of witty observations on love, life and the world in general. Many of them are well known even to non-readers.
    Some of my favorites are:
    “If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”
    “If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.”
    ” “And what would humans be without love?”
    RARE, said Death.”

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