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Friday, January 25, 2008

See "The Bucket List"

I haven't felt like blogging lately. I've been busy with other things and the political stuff has been the same old, same old. As I've written before, I don't like any of the candidates, so I'm rapidly losing interest as the campaign progresses. I almost don't care who wins. Yes, I know, it matters for the Supreme Court, etc. but I've been double crossed so many times by politicians that I just have developed an aversion to any of them.

I had a nice birthday celebration that lasted about a week earlier in the month. I visited my mother, who is in a nursing home, for her birthday a couple of days ago. Yesterday Dan and I went to see the movie "The Bucket List" which I liked a lot and Dan thought was just average. One of the exchanges of dialogue between the two major characters, played wonderfully by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, had to do with "faith," meaning religious faith. The Freeman character questions Jack Nickolson's character about his lack of faith. Nicholson replies something like "I don' believe in tooth fairies, etc." "What if you're wrong?" asks Freeman. Nicholson replies: " Then I win!" meaning that if there is anything after you die, you get to have it even if you don't have faith. My recap doesn't do it justice, but the exchange resonated with me because I am in agreement with the philosophy of the Nicholson character when it comes to "faith." I don't have any "faith" but I'll win anyway if it turns out that I'm wrong. There are a lot of other pearls of wisdom in the movie. Many critics (and Dan) think it's loaded with cliches. Maybe it is, but to me they are simple lessons that are easily forgotten in today's world.


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