Thursday, November 5, 2009

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason, why the gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot!

'V for Vendetta' is one of my family's favorite films, which perhaps is not surprising for those of you who have met my father or siblings and discussed politics with them. Their libertarian-style of conservatism is not my mother's Republican cup-of-tea, but we can all agree the necessity to uphold the Constitution and will always demand the government stay out of the people's business, personally and publicly. I am a little sad not to be at home today, if only because I shall not be partaking in the watching of this film with the rest of the clan.

Favorite part: "There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission."

So happy Fifth of November! May you never listen to Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" the same way again!

"Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof." -V

a word of caution: if your roommate is an art history person like mine is, they may get minorly upset watching an historical building being blown-up :)

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