The Sound of Marching and the Future
I’ve read the phrase the sound of marching from a passage in 2 Samuel. It’s a reference to King David’s unwavering faith and dependence on God as he prepared to battle against the Philistines.
When King David saw the Philistines advancing to the valley of Rephaim, he inquired to God of his next strategy. The Lord answered David, “When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, be on alert! That will be the signal that the Lord is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” Because David did as the Lord commanded him, victory upon victory in the house of Israel became a never-ending song of praise; David by all means succeeded in all his endeavors.
God going before us means He’s taking up the first blows of trials, making way for us so we can have the best in life. However, it is only by surrendering our strengths and weaknesses, goals and plans to God can we reap the benefits of waiting for that sound of marching.
I believe it is for this reason that poets came up with philosophies like “carpe diem” (seize the day). Writers devised plots time and again to relay a simple message that would tell us about the dangers of worrying, of not finding our inner voice, of not risking and having enough courage to live life to the fullest and, how if we don’t trust God with our plans and hopes for the future, we will all be lost and can never be found.
And it all started with an unconventional character in the persona of a professor, Mr John Keating (Robin Williams). Intrigued or must I say, mesmerized, by Mr Keating’s unorthodox yet inspiring methods of teaching, a group of students discovered that Mr Keating, an alumna of the same academy, was a member of a defunct literary club called Dead Poets Society. Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke), Knox Overstreet (Josh Charles), Charlie Dalton (Gale Hansen) after learning about it tried to revive the club. Every night they would sneak out of the academy, go into a cave and recite poems, some of which were their own compositions. To seize the day and to suck out all the marrow of life, as Henry Thoreau said, were the mantras they inscribed deep within their hearts.
Upshots: one courageously professed his love to a stunning lady; the other fiercely wrote his opinion on the school paper; another found his literary voice by setting all his inhibitions free; but as for Neil Perry, who was the first to show much zeal in reviving Dead Poets Society and who was the first to set his beliefs and chart the course of his passion, he, perhaps, didn’t at all embrace the truth that in living, choosing, risking, some fights have to be lost and having lost some battles, courage, truth, faith, and perseverance must prevail; otherwise, we won’t bear to seize life at all, as it was for the lost Neil.
Don’t we all want to be the person that takes all the credit for when others have succeeded in life?
Set in the breath-taking land of India, 3 Idiots tells the story of Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad, aka Rancho (Aamir Khan) and how he inspired and helped his two friends, Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan) and Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi). The film is based on the book, Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat.
In this blog, I want to skip the part where I have to walk my readers through the plot of the movie. It is my hope that in sharing my thoughts about the movie, it would prod my readers to watch and discover its plot.
This is the first Bollywood movie that I’ve ever watched in full length. And I must say that it didn’t make me a total stranger given its outlandish humor, dance and song sequences. Those aerial shots were amazing. I was seeing India in a totally different way (talk about touring India someday).
3 Idiots behind its comic characterization understands social and educational pressure. People nowadays are engulfed, choked by the idea of always becoming first. In schools, students are taught that academic merits and awards go first. Values like perseverance and diligence have become synonymous to competition. Excellence has become a goal or a dream. Because we tend to beat the rest in order to be first in everything, excellence isn’t anymore about integrity, enjoying the fruits of our labor and serving others first. In this movie, I saw a world that demands from us so much pressure and stress, which are really uncalled for. If only after working our ass out and doing the best that we can, the world can understand that faith starts where our dominion ends!
If in worrying men would only get to enjoy a dozen of Mrs Robinson, I bet men would rather worry about their future than plan ahead and leave to God the rest.
The Graduate was metaphorically visual and aural in pushing Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) into that -close to disgusting-revolting – conflict. There happened that a young man, who excelled so much in school, loved and supported by his opulent parents, fell in between the legs of the seductive Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Not knowing the what and when of taking his first step into his desired career, he caught himself exchanging kisses with Mrs. Robinson, wife of his parents’ business partner. And to drive him crazier, when the Robinson’s daughter came to visit, his parents asked anxious Ben to take Elaine Robinson to a date. Thereafter, love was quite the answer to find his future. But I reserve my doubts. Find out why and watch it 🙂