Montgomery Clift plays in this movie.
As usual it is taken from life and this makes it a very good movie.
"To thine own self be true" is taught to many a young person
who takes it literally to mean that what ever he/she thinks feels or does is ok.
To be true to oneself means, one can look at ones' self in the mirror and like what one sees.
It also means knowing who ones' self is.
When it comes to the 10 Commandments, it is not many who can look into a mirror
and like what he/she sees.
The written words stand before one, implying guilt, inefficiency, imperfection.
Thus the words " to thine own self be true" becomes a problem rather than a solution.
How can one be true to oneself, if one is guilty and imperfect and not up to the standards
expected of him/her as a human being and as a member of society?
Jesus said let one who is innocent amongst you, cast the first stone.
It is here one understands that because of ones own imperfections, a stone can not be cast.
In todays' world, lacking the 10 Commandments, papers are full of people casting stones at one another. Cheating lying stealing, bullying,killing, etc.. does not hinder them liking the
image they see in the mirror. They look into the mirror and say: I did good today.
I was true to myself.
One story today made me laugh. It was about a woman who wrote in about dogs.
She complained and expressed all the reasons as to why dogs should not be around places people are on beaches.
One man commented to her letter and said I agree.
Dogs are disgusting and loud and should be removed from beaches.
We should remove the dogs and then ...........we should remove the people.
It was British kind of humor whereby it was implied that people do more damage to beaches than dogs.
This Other movie: They Knew What They Wanted
is even more touching.
It concerns itself with the very very good, the bad who are also good, and the bad.
People who do suffer because they have a conscience to do the right thing.
To be true to ones self has a lot more meaning in this movie.
Basically I felt the heroine wrote the "Dear John" letter in words, telling her beau
that he was too good for her. The film left you dangling, not knowing
if she would change her mind and come back to live happily ever after.
Because of what life is today, it is hard to find a person who is close to a Saint.
He/she would not stand a chance to survive since the people around him would have no conscience
and pick his/her bones like a crow or vulture.
They would say: Every one uses Everyone and that's ok.
Is it ok?
Good is supposed to beget good. Instead we see good begetting bad.
This is why it is important for the battle to go on.
We will either all kill each other or learn as we were intended to do.