Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Impossible

My best friend Nuala went to see THE IMPOSSIBLE the other day and said she blubed through it like a spinster at a wedding.
We are off to see it later, and looking at the trailer I can almost see just why she found it so moving, for it seems to celebrate that almost undefinable thing termed  so simply as "the human spirit"
In this modern world where technology, money and success is king, our relationships and contact with others often take a back seat in the hierarchy of needs of everyday life.
We sweat the small stuff......and boy...can I sweat the small stuff!

When the unfortunate souls atop the World Trade Centre waited for the end on that bright September morning, all many wanted to do was to hear their loved ones voices on the other end of a mobile phone one last time.
Survivors from the Boxing Day tsunami have reported great acts of bravery and kindness between perfect strangers...where an innate need to give support and succour to a fellow human being seemed more important than anything else in the world.
I am a firm believer of the goodness of people.
I don't think that this is a 'fluffy bunny' or saccharine view of life...
 (believe me as a nurse I have seen my fair share of what the cynical human race has to offer)... No....I really do believe that what makes us good, generally , are those innate, unthinking moments that bind us to each other and which only really surface when the chips are well and truly down.





27 comments:

  1. A very apt observation John, and so true. When a tragedy, on any scale happens we so often realize that our minor complaints about life are just that; minor. Speaking of fluffy bunnies, I have an English angora rabbit named Nuala!

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  2. Make sure you take plenty of tissues you're going to need them.

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  3. I was crying just watching the trailer1

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  4. I believe we all do come together in times of need...and that is what counts, and makes life worthwhile.

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  5. Anonymous1:25 pm

    Interesting too say the least and Mr. John, might I state that YOU are one of my nicest bloggers. I look at your blog first each day and since I own animals too I laugh and laugh at the antics of both YOU and your animals. I really look forward to your blog. Just remember that there are people somewhere that enjoy, vicariously, your life and your dream. dianne

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  6. The interior designer Nate Berkus lost his partner in the tsunami. As he recounted his story his pain was so palpable.I'm not sure I could sit through this.
    Jane x

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  7. I really do believe that what makes us good, generally , are those innate, unthinking moments that bind us to each other and which only really surface when the chips are well and truly down.

    One of my favorite sci-fi authors once said humans are in a race between their raw animal nature and the compassionate and intelligent creatures most of us strive to be. Our survival or extinction as a species depends on which one of those aspects of our behavior wins.

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  8. This is the view I like to hear John and I am sure you are right. A friend has recently died of cancer after fighting it for well over ten years. Everyone is so full of praise for her gallant fight - quite rightly so as she was an inspiration. But so was her husband, who supported her throughout and suffered with her and is now left bereft. That needs saying too.

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  9. Loved this John. It's heartening to know we humans can be compassionate at the worst of times.

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  10. I think that it is during the very worst of times that our TRUE nature manifests it's self. No time or use for worrying about how one looks or who is 'better' than whom.

    I've been gone for a very long time and chose this day to stop in for a visit. I'm glad that I did.

    Now to go check the local theater schedules and see if Impossible is playing here...
    <3

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  11. It's been an age nancy
    Nice to 'see' you again x

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  12. I agree with you, John. Most people really do want to be descent human beings ...

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  13. A good post John, and I agree absolutely. I think that our true nature is buried beneath 'life stuff' most of the time, until something forces it to the front.

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  14. I've been weighing up whether or not I see 'The Imposs' on Saturday. Heard so much about it being a real emotion-tugger, which has put me off a bit. Your own verdict, if it comes before then, may well help me make my mind up.

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  15. I don't know that i can sit through this movie. At least not during the dark days of winter.

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  16. beautifully observed... although I currently melt when I see or hear about animals in distress whereas with humans i'm not so easily heart broken... not sure what that makes me...

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    1. A comment exactly after my own heart, B.K. Even though it doesn't seem 'right', it is precisely the way I feel too.

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  17. I often read and hear of the Blitz spirit during the second world war. There is nothing written in stone in this life.

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  18. Ewan McGregor does it so well. He was lovely in 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' too.

    This brings back memories of 22 February 2011 in Christchurch... It's not until you're actually in a situation that you really know what it's like.
    Unfortunately it was also my birthday. So it will never be just a day of personal celebration any more.

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  19. Cynical as I am, and about as far from "fluffy bunny" as it's possible to be, I do agree with you John.

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  20. I can't recall any perfect stranger being exceptionally brave or kind towards me. Maybe I give off "I'm just fine, I don't need any help" vibes. Not sure if I've ever been unusually brave or kind to anyone else either. Probably only the person concerned would be able to judge.

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  21. I think I'll wait for the DVD. The trailer was enough to rip the heart right out of me -- not something I care to share in a public theater.

    Janet

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  22. John, I agree with you totally. I would like to go and see that film too.

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  23. Good post, John. I agree with you.

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  24. I agree. Otherwise, what's the point?

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