Sunday, March 13, 2011

JOT Day 84 - The Devil and The Usual Suspects I watched The Usual Suspects again recently, and since I'm different this time around, of course what I got out of it was different. What I remember from my first viewing was the very end, where the Kint character very cleverly walks free and transforms into someone we were led to believe he was not. In the hours after the film was over, this line stuck with me: "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." This applies to personas, and to cultural phenomenon, too, the kind that are so cleverly implemented that we don't realize what their influence really is, and then blame each other for their intended side effects. It would be possible to substitute most marketing and advertising for the word devil in that quote from the film, the kind that is not authentic or permission based, the kind that creates emotional voids and then pretends to fill them. It would be possible to substitute most organized religions--not the people in them, but the powers that be--because their power comes from our giving ours away. What is amusing to me is that this control "they" are after-- and the money that can be made from it--doesn't have to be manufactured nefariously. There's more than enough to go around for everyone. In fact, the economy would explode were our dollars spent on what really feeds us. We'll buy bottled water. Just don't tell us it's not from the backyard spigot. I'd like that economy, please.

Deb Schanilec

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