So, you’re wondering why I’d be blogging about Gone with the Wind.
It’s two-fold. First, it was the last DVD my brother gave me months before he died in ’00. Of all our collection, it’s the ONLY one we REFUSE to loan out…no questions asked. Another thing, among its many themes and allegories, is the message of perseverance. From the guys vying for Scarlett’s hand in marriage to the South continued fight despite their obvious losing to the North to Scarlett building up Tara from the ashes of the Civil War, perseverance pervades the film.
Art imitates life imitates art. To make it on this berg we call Earth, it’s imperative we persevere. Without, we fail. Yeah, we won’t be good at everything we set out to do, but, what we are good at will be its weight in gold. That doesn’t mean use and manipulate people to get to the top. Karma’s a bitch, and we can EASILY lose EVERYTHING if we don’t treat people right. There’s something to be said for doing things on our own, but, if like minds combine, the world can be our oyster. Again, I’m talking about us as a whole, not just the able-bodied or the crips.
Incidentally, Hattie McDaniels was the first African-American to win an Academy for her role as Mammy. Furthermore, she was the first African-American to be actually in the Awards instead of merely being a servant. She persevered and won. Bravo.
“As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.” -Scarlett O’Hara
Be good to each other.