For those of you not in the know, this is a black-and-white movie featuring Jimmy Stewart as a naive man who gets appointed to the U.S. Senate, and Jean Arthur as his hard-nosed secretary who eventually comes around to see his point of view.
It's unashamedly idealistic and something I needed tonight, when I was feeling just a little down and uninspired -- which affected my posting tonight. I felt rejuvenated and ready to go!
Here's my favorite speech from the movie:
Just get up off the ground, that's all I ask. Get up there with that lady that's up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won't just see scenery; you'll see the whole parade of what Man's carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so's he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That's what you'd see. There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that's what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we'd better get those boys' camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!
Don't you wish you could write that stuff still and not be mocked for being idealistic?
Real Life Update: I dropped one of my classes today! It was too much, taking over lead in the classroom and then having to face going to class four days a week.
I have to start fresh over in this class -- they had NO routine. And the lead had no experience, and she's stepped down to assistant but still wants to be in charge, and ugh. My head hurts.