Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Today Is The Present

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it is his fault; if he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

He who loses money, loses much; he who loses a friend, loses much more; he who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

Friends, you and me. . . you brought another friend. . .and then there were three. . .we started our group. . .
our circle of friends. . .and like that circle. . .there is no beginning or end...

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why they call it the present.

Eleanor Roosevelt


I remembered clearly the day I decided to apply as an MC VP ER in my country. That day I was looking for the right reason for me to run for MC position. I am aware that it was a tough decision to make because it will affect my journey in life, at least for one or two years ahead. So, as usual I tried to listen what my heart is going to say about this because I’m the kind of person who believe that everything you do should align with it. That’s how I made most of my decisions so far. And I prefer to be alone while I’m doing that, the listening to your heart thingy.
Long story short, I ended up watching Babel alone. Because I like the way that movie sometimes, or many times, could inspire you to do things. Weird, but it’s true. It was a great movie, and I really like the way Inarritu (sorry if I spelled him wrong) put scene after scene like a puzzle that finally fits together to make the movie unified in the end. He also let the audience interpret the movie themselves. Of course I have my own interpretation.
Long time ago, in the story of Babel, God cursed human so they speak in various languages and left the Tower of Babel unfinished because of the miscommunication among them. As times goes by, people manage to communicate even though they speak different language. End of story? Not yet…
Inarritu shows in the movie implicitly that the barriers to communicate lies between human themselves although they shared the same language. Such barriers may exist because of their prejudice. And Inarritu shows this when US Government delaying the rescue for the wounded tourist because they suspect it was a terrorist attack. Or when the US border patrol suspect that the nanny kidnapped the kids.
On the contrary, people could communicate effectively if they have compassion and willingness to understands, even they didn't share the same language. Language not necessarily act as the only effective tools for communication. The scene when the Japanese police officer try to understand the mute girl shows this. Also when the Moroccan tourist guide and the old lady help the wounded tourist.
Understanding, compassion, and openness without prejudice are keys to effective communication which could lead to greater achievement in life. Babel try to make us aware that miscommunication could lead to destruction. But then, this is just how I interpret the movie.