March 13: Silver screen
Take a quote from your favorite movie-there’s the title of your post. Now, write!
John Keating: We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
With as much as I love reading and writing, this movie has to be one of my favorites, right? How could it not be with its nostalgic look at writing. Not only that, but also with how excited one lone teacher could get a group of adolescence young boys to enjoy literature. Actually no, more than enjoy, they loved literature. They fell in love with the words, with the ideas behind them, they found something to believe in. The kids found someone to believe in. A man that lived a good life through words and experience. A man that had conviction and a purpose before the system wanted him to change, and he refused, that cost him his job. The movie helped me fall in love with words and the ideas behind them. Not only that, the movie showed me, albeit with a hollywood flare, just how important a good teacher could affect others lives. And Robin Williams is one hell of an actor, so how can you not enjoy the movie?