Hunger Games

I saw the Hunger Games movie last night. I liked it a lot and felt it captured the tone of the first book well. It showcases the best and worst of humankind. The power of hope, of trust, of love. The despair of poverty, hopelessness, starvation. The silliness of vanity. The rage of injustice simmering just below the thin veneer of civilization. The power of speaking simple truths in simple but honest ways. Of not letting others dictate how you will be; who’ll you’ll be. Of never giving up no matter how hopeless the odds seem to be. Of friendship and how others–including total strangers–can provide help just at the right moment in exactly the right way. The power of a hug and reassuring smile or comment. The fear dictators have of the people. The misery of slavery. The power of loyalty to those worthy of our fealty. The ways that people in power purposely divide people and pit them against each other to keep them weak and pliable. The power a uniter can have against the dividers. How one person can standup to mighty powers and make a huge difference in the world. How a simple kindness can save a life, heal a wound, and create ripples of change for all humankind.

About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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5 Responses to Hunger Games

  1. So true, we never can appreciate the power of a hug, smile or reassuring comment .. until we experience it for ourselves.

    Love your site!
    Cheers,
    Amma

  2. My boys want me to take them to see the movie, especially my 10 year old son…it seems very violent from a clip I watched, however, they’ve read the book so…I guess I will take them…

    • russtowne says:

      Hi, Dave. I remember having to make such decisions when my children were of similar age. I learned that some children are ready earlier than others for such films and experiences, and discovered the nightmare test. If a child had a nightmare or trouble sleeping related to the movie or experience I figured that I blew it and exposed him or her too early. Fortunately, there were few nightmares, and for the ones that did I took the opportunities to help that child work through the fears that came up for them.

      I also figured if there were no nightmares I probably was being too protective. It’s a tough balance for every parent and I certainly didn’t always get it right.

      Now I’m weeks away from being a grandparent for the first time and looking forward to it, secure in the knowledge that he will have two great parents who will do their best to do a job that nobody always gets right.

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