Sarah and I went to see The Great Debaters tonight. Words cannot begin to describe what that experience was like…but since that’s what my blog is, words (mainly), I’m going to try.
With my involvement with Sowers of Hope, I am much more aware of prejudices and racism than I have been in a while. Really, the world is full of “old hatred”, as I call it. Hatred that I cannot even begin to understand. Sometimes I try and wrap my head around it, to get some sense of how a person, or a people, could hate enough to persecute, torture, kill, etc., but it never works. I’m just left completely baffled.
I remember reading Blood Brothers in preparation for study abroad in Israel (which I didn’t actually go on due to some extenuating circumstances). I was 18 and the book completely opened my eyes to see a side of Palestine that I had never considered. More recently, I read The Kite Runner and once again (as I am wont to do anytime I read or see something like that) wondered how on earth people could really hate another people enough to do such horrible, awful things to them and the way that hatred is passed on from generation to generation – “old hatred”.
Tonight, watching this movie, I felt that same confusion I always do when my mind is faced with such incomprehensible hatred. And my heart broke a little. I just sat in the movie wishing that I could make it (“it” as in racism, prejudices, hatred…the world) better.
So, that’s my plug (for the movie, and both of those books). And once you’ve seen the movie…buy the soundtrack (the instrumental one). Incredible. I’m listening to it right now. It’s on par with Braveheart, Last of the Mohicans, and Meet Joe Black. Seriously fantastic!