We are focused on calling the wrong thing ‘amazing’

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I’m troubled at this point in my life. The world’s evolving or deteriorating in such an abstract way when it comes to values, moral character and conduct.

I question why few true stories of injustice and sacrifice get press, especially after attempting to get my parents’ tragic stories told or recognition for my father’s Great Lakes survival. Googling Obama’s visit to Normandy on the 6th, I found reports by NBC on Obama’s words, but then Obama mysteriously turned into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A great day’s events interrupted by what would be trivial in 1944?

News issues and sad events are blown out of proportion while many struggle with noble causes. And many endeavors that should get coverage float in limbo because media rules the topics, controlling the discussion.

We don’t hear about those struggling to help or warn mankind who wear out their lives attempting to get out their messages. Cries for strong stands against inaccurate reporting accounts or misrepresentation of history and especially American’s behavior are dismissed.

I’m blown away and discouraged with a comment made that “For the record Inglourious Basterds is an amazing movie.” I truly wonder, for the use of “amazing” has always meant a positive. It’s hard to visualize complete honesty with statements praising Inglourious Basterds as an amazing movie. To read “amazing” used by a journalist to describe this movie brings home the depth of the greatest country’s values.

Oh, it’s a well made bloody fantasy, yet the character Brad Pitt plays is disgusting. Perhaps “amazing” is directed at general composition of the entire movie. Yet, to have it end with Pitt carving the Nazi swastika into the forehead of a deserting Waffen SS colonel and taking scalps after killing German soldiers is not what we did.

I knew of Brad Pitt’s character types at Ft. Washington, for in Vietnam, cues and trophies were taken by a few, turning many stomachs. It’s not happening now.

I’m hardened by 40 plus years of efforts to contribute to society, with very little success or recognition by those that could improve society. I wonder, if only there was respectful care for the little people and their stories become profitable.


Jim C. Reilly

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