The Help

August 15, 2011

Went to see The Help with my girl. Its a wonderful film. About life in the south in the 1960s. About the life of the maids of upper middle class white women in Mississippi. The maids are African-Americans. The writer and director have done a beautiful job of pulling back the reigns in telling their tale. It would have been so easy to mock and dismiss the white housewives. I did find them interesting. Because in the main they reflect a lot of people’s lives. They are blind to what goes on around them. They immerse themselves in matters that have no consequence. But to stop them from thinking. They think they are better. And act that way. This has nothing to do with their skin colour. I see a lot of people like that around me. They fight (inside themselves) between being mean spirited and being charitable. When times are tough it is very easy to chose being cruel. The women in the movie chose cruelty in good times. And for that one can have little sympathy.

My girl thought that their (white housewives) high school sorority type of attitude could not exist today. In a sophisticated city like Toronto. I’m not so sure. Too many people need someone to look down upon. Maybe their bored. Maybe that’s human nature. Maybe its the loss of religious grounding (my mother’s idea). I work in a high school. I meet many young people. Most of them are wonderful. But they don’t stay that way. Something happens to people when they step out into the world. They lose something.

2 Responses to “The Help”

  1. Norah said

    Dead pent articles, thank you for information. “In the fight between you and the world, back the world.” by Frank Zappa.

  2. Aurora said

    Very interesting points you have remarked, thanks for putting up.

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