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.
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