Wednesday, February 23, 2011
365 Photos Day 53
The Kid was watching the movie "Crash" for her Sociology class when I got home tonight. So, I sat down and watched the rest of it with her.
This is a scene after Matt Dillon's character risks his own life to save a woman from a burning car. The same woman who he'd pulled over earlier and under the guise of a pat-down, makes overtly sexual advances towards, and whom, when she sees him coming to get her out of her car, starts screaming, "No! No! Not you! Anyone but you!" (and seriously, who can blame her?)
The first time I watched this movie, I was in my junior year of undergrad at St Kate's, and it was for a Global Search for Justice: Dismantling Racism class. Obviously we were to be looking for both overt and hidden racism within the interactions of the characters, which I did.
I also saw the interconnectivity of how lives come together, both within our own lives, and how our actions can affect other people's lives in ways that we can't even begin to imagine.
Kindness goes a long way in this tumultuous world we live in. It doesn't take a grand gesture such as rescuing someone from a car that's about to explode. It can be simple things like smiling, or talking to someone, or holding a door open, or helping someone who's struggling with something.
It's about recognizing that we are indeed interconnected on some level, and that sometimes it really is as easy as remembering to treat people with the same respect and kindness as we want others to treat us.