Monday, July 19, 2010

Mel's Capra Inspiration of the Week...

"Liberty is too precious to get buried in books. Men ought to hold it up in front of them -- even on the screen -- every day of their lives, and say 'I am free--to think--to speak.  My ancestors couldn't. I can. My children will.'"

--Frank Capra from his beautifully crafted emotionally tense and ultimately uplifting presentation of the spirit of democracy in the classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington....

Capra got a lot of heat from the critics and Washington for this film he did before he was drafted into the Army to fight WWII...

The London Daily Herald sums it up "... Frank Capra attacks democracy" I saw one critic wrote... The truth is that democracy can stand any attack upon its weaknesses..."

An editorial in New York's Daily Mirror "Frank Capra "holds a mirror" up to America... his achievement in translating America into film is all the more remarkable, because... he was born in Sicily. Let his simple devotion to America be an example..."

One man doesn't 'make' changes, he merely steps into the space of truth and offers it up for review, so the people, all the people, can move into a higher thought pattern, a space of humanity above the 'battlefield' and petty tyrannies of fear... No matter what the cause

Our founding fathers gave us principles. principles of freedom. The first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence shouts out the most basic of all truths.... "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These principles permeate every level of our existence.

On the back of our one dollar bill is the great seal of our country...

Two Latin sayings adorn the seal, surrounding an all seeing eye.

Two universal statements offering a promise:

novus ordo seclorum = new order of the ages

annuit cœpto = eye of providence is looking at us with favor

Radical equality and foundational freedom for all the people.

Take advantage of the meaning, the moment and the energy offered up. Today, and every day.
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