By Earland Lilly -I have said many times that one way to shorten and maybe even eventually eliminate war, would be for those who took up arms were the politicians, the dictators, their children and those who profited from war. By so doing, it would leave “we the people” to stay at home and care for those we love. We are the ones who carry our countries anyway, while the Powers that Be use their Greed and Corruption to accrue fortunes for themselves, while DECREASING a Fair and Level Playing Field for the rest of us whenever they can.
The most incredible movie by a Japanese Director of “Sukiyaki Western Django”
proposes. However, the way he proposes this is that a Fast on the Draw Gunman, played by Quentin Tarantino sets up a plan to pit two Rival Gangs, symbolizing East and West, whose names are The Reds and The Whites, drawn from Henry 6th and the War of the Roses.
The Reds and the Whites, like all countries, are locked in the BATTLE FOR GOLD.
Both sides keep building bigger and bigger weapons in the hopes of wiping the other out. The Winner would then have the Spoils of the Gold and Power all to themselves.
This visually, stunning Japanese film is a Spaghetti Western by Director Takasuv. The theme of the film is that according to those who try to Run the World through Greed and Corruption, the MEANING OF LIFE IS THAT SHIT HAPPENS!
The LAW gets caught between the two fighting Powers and switches sides, depending on who appears to be winning at the time, thereby being USELESS
IN ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT “WE THE PEOPLE.”
However, while the Reds and the Whites are busily carrying out their task of trying to kill each other off, the main theme of the movie is TENDERNESS WILL GET YOU A LONG WAY IN LIFE! Say what?
A Red and a White have fallen in Love and have created a son, named Django.
The Gunslinger wants to get the two Warring Gangs to finish each other off, so that Django can lead the people down the TENDER PATH OF LIFE.
His message to Django is TO TEND TO THE ROSES and that No Matter What you are or Where you are or Who you are, what matters is that YOU REMAIN TRUE TO YOURSELF.
There is an old woman who will care for Django until he is able to take care of himself and eventually “we the people.” However, the movie concludes on an ambiguous note: NO ONE KNOWS WHETHER THE ROSES ARE STILL BLOOMING OR NOT!
However, the “chilling and resonant” movie that lays the foundation of how WW I, Nazism and even Western Civilization has continue the Battle of The Roses,
rather having as their PRIMARY Goal of helping “we the people” to tend after ourselves and keep the Roses Blooming.
The theme of this movie is:
“For I the Lord your God am a Jealous God
visiting the Iniquity of the Father’s upon
the Children to the Third and the Fourth
This is a note which is pinned onto the mutilated body of less than normal young child of about 8 years of age. This was the last of three mysterious Evil happenings, one to the local town physician, one to an 8 year boy of the Rich Baron and one Mentally Compromised 8 year old boy.
What this Director puts forth as the underlying cause for all this apparent Evil appearing in this little town is the Suppression, Oppression and Repression of the Children. They are NOT allowed to be Children, but rather to be Seen but not Heard!
The other Biblical Verse which is the underpinning of the movie is:
“The Eyes of ALL Wait upon Thee and Thou gives
them all that they need, in due season.”
Now, my interpretation of these two verses is based upon the concept that MAN
HAS CREATED GOD IN HIS OWN IMAGE, not the other way around. It is not God who inflicts PUNISHMENT onto the Children to the Third and Fourth Generations!
It is Humans who exploit other Humans for their own Greed, Power and Control
So too, it is not GOD who gives “we the people” what we need in due season, it is the Wealthy, Elite, Greedy Humans in Power and Control, who give us as little as they can get away with giving.
In this movie, there is the Baron and the Pastor in this little Northern German Town who call the shots. In light of the Wealth of the Estate, he PEOPLE’S ANGER JUST SEETHES UNDER THE SURFACE or they just Acquiesce and stay in their Place.
However, every now and then, Like the Weathermen in the 1960s from the Left and the Tea Party this year from the Right, the ANGER EXPLODES RATHER THAN SEETHES OR IMPLODES.
One of the Young men, whose One-Armed Mother, who was called “an expendable Investment” was put in a job in the sawmill that had a rotten floor because she could not carry her weight in other places due to having but one arm. She falls through the rotten floor and crashes to her death.
The Husband just accept his fate, because to challenge the Baron’s Steward would risk him losing his job on the Estate.
White the Rest of the Merry Makers were celebrating at the Annual Harvest Party thrown yearly by the Baron of the Estate, the embittered son, seething in the unfair death of this Mom, takes his scythe and chops off the heads of one of the cabbage gardens belonging to the Baron. When the Baroness sees the destroyed field she says, “This is disgusting!” To which one of the men responds:
“This is an OLD CUSTOM: “Harvest done; pay everyone.
If we don’t get our fair share, your Cabbage Will Be
Sliced for You.”
All down through the History of both Eastern and Western Civilizations there have been Seething, Exploding, and Imploding but the Corrupt Powers that Be are ALWAYS ABLE TO REGAIN CONTROL AND STAY IN POWER!
The two main sources of Power in this movie are THE BARON and THE PASTOR, who re-enforces the Right of the Baron to be in Control and he uses RELIGION to do that.
Not only are Children NOT allowed to be children, but A PUNISHMENT RITUAL is used to keep them under Control, BUT ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE. When the Child’s Behavior fails to please the Father, he tells them how sad this makes him and he then proceeds to PUNISH THEM, saying that this hurts him more than it will them.
The Symbol of this Ritual of Punishment is that when kids do something wrong, a White Ribbon is tied around their arms to help them to remember that their PURITY AND INNOCENCE is the most important aspect in their lives.
Now, after CONFIRMATION, the White Ribbon is no longer needed, for it is their
RELIGION that now will keep them under control and do their parents bidding.
Just as in some of the young adults, their anger boils over from time to time, so too this happens within some of the children as well, though most of the acquiesce. It is the CANING AND THE WEARING OF THE WHITE RIBBON WHICH RE-PURIFY THE CHILDREN.
IF WE FEAR OUR FEMININE NATURE ON THE ONE HAND, I THINK WE MAY FEAR THE CHILD IN US EVEN MORE. THAT I THINK IS THE UNDERLYING PRINCIPLE BEHIND VIOLENCE, EVIL, BAD BEHAVIOR, WAR, NEGATIVE COMPETITION, RUTHLESSNESS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT LEADS TO LIVING IN A DOG EAT DOG WORLD AND STEPPING ON ANYBODY AS WE CLIMB THE LADDER OF SUCCESS.
The over-all goal in life is TO BE WELL MANNERED AND POLITE, especially to adults and those in CHARGE, in Positions of Power. It is the Pastor’s oldest son,Martin, and daughter Karla, who bear the brunt of the Pastor’s harshness.
In all of the cases, it is THE WOMEN who try to help their husbands to get their anger under control! HOWEVER, SINCE THE MEN CANNOT TAKE THEIR ANGER OUT ON THE UNFAIRNESS OF THEIR OWN LIFE ON THE ESTATE UNDER THE BARON, THEIR ANGER GETS PROJECTED ONTO THEIR CHILDREN.
The Pastor ties Martin’s hands to the bed at night, so that he does NOT Masturbate, though of course, the Father never uses the term openly. He castigates his young daughter, who is the teacher of the children. She is letting the children just be children, when she cannot get them quieted down before her father arrives to give the Confirmation Class Lesson. He tells them
“It sounds like I have wasted a year trying to get God’s
Word through to you. It makes me very sad that I have
failed in this matter. It saddens me that you act like
Young Monkeys, worse than your 7 year old brothers.
However, what saddens me most is that I had taken the
WHITE RIBBON off my daughter’s arm because I thought she
had learned how to respect her INNOCENCE AND PURITY. Now,
she has CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR MONKEY BEHAVIOR.”
So, anything which represents Children NOT just being seen rather than heard,
is Monkey Behavior. Having been Humiliated by her own father in front of her class, she finds a pair of scissors AND KILLS HER DAD’S FAVORITE BIRD, PEEPSIE!
However, the movie has several incidents where the children try to keep their TENDERNESS, GENTLENESS AND CHILD-LIKE NATURES ALIVE. For example, one of the Pastor’s younger boys, brings his little bird to his father, which he has been bringing back to health, having found the little bird injured. He sat the little bird in its cage on his Dad’s desk saying, “I thought this might help with your sadness over the loss of your Peepsie.”
For a brief moment, you sense some TENDERNESS rise up in the Father, but he quickly dashes it and merely says “Than k you!” Another time, Martin is dangerously walking across the banister of a bridge. Had he fallen, he would have been either seriously injured or even killed. The Music Teacher just happened to be fishing and called out for Martin to get down. He asked him why he would risk injuring himself? To which he replied:
“I wanted to see if God wanted me to live or die!”
Of course the Teacher was aghast at this kind of thinking. When he said that he would discuss this with his Dad tomorrow, Martin in horror scream out:
‘NO! NO! DON’T TELL MY DAD.” He was clearly scared to death of his Father.
There are three adults who are finally able to break out of the grip of this
Oppressive, Repressive and Suppressive Environment. One is the Teacher and the Nanny of the Baron. Eva was definitely “shy but also with a child-like
Again, her shyness came from the Fear of her Father, even though her Mom would often intercede in her behalf. Neither of them had lost their sense of Mystery, Wonder and Sensitivity to their own Gentleness, Tenderness and Caring Love. They eventually married and left that ENTRAPPED Town.
The other was the Baroness. Though she seemed, initially content with her life of RICHES, even though her relationship with the Baron was Loveless. Both he and the Physician were considered “to be people incapable of allowing themselves to be Loved!”
After Gigi, her own 8 year old is tortured, she leaves for Italy where she wants to give Gigi time to regroup from his tragic happening. While there, she meets a man who is capable of Loving both her and Gigi as well. However, she comes back “to give their relationship one more chance.” However, when Gigi is attacked again by one of the local boys, who he thought was his friend because he was jealous over Gigi having a store-bought whistle, whereas he was having to make one out of a tree branch.
All of a sudden, he snaps, grabs the Whistle away from Gigi and then throws Gigi into the pond. The other brother is horrified by this and pulls Gigi out.
It is this final act that prompts the Baroness to return to Italy with her two child, Gigi The Baroness tells the Baron why she must take Gigi and leave him:
“I only came back because I felt obligated to you, but
your sarcasm just became too much to bear. I am leaving
you so Gigi doesn’t grow up in ENVY, APATHY, BRUTALITY….
gIGI’S WHISTLE WAS THE LAST STRAW. I am sick and tired
of PERSECUTIONS, THREATS AND PERVERTS OUT FOR REVENGE!”
All that the Baron could say was ‘DID YOU SLEEP WITH HIM? Loss of his HONOR
was far more important than the PAIN of his wife. The Baroness replies:
“YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING! But no! I didn’t sleep
To which the Baron replies: “You’re lying, right?”
Just as the Baron is BLIND TO HIS BEHAVIOR and PROJECTS BLAME ONTO THE BARONESS, so too does the Physician, who was sleeping with his Mid-wife, even before his wife died. When he starts to get sexual feelings about his 14 year old daughter, he does not just break up with the Midwife, but humiliates her.
Just like the Baron, the Physician ignores the Midwife, when she confronts him with the TRUTH ABOUT HIMSELF and tells her how much she disgusts him.
When the Midwife asks the Physician, “Why do you despise me so?” To which he replies, ‘ A LITTLE SELF-HATRED GOES A LONG WAYS!” Then he adds, “Quit playing the martyr.”
Then one of the lines that defines the movie is: “Watching you finger your daughter, I HELPED YOU TO DECEIVE YOURSELF!” To which he replies, after having slapped her, “Why don’t you just die?”
Guilt and shame is used to help keep people under the Control of those in Power. Putting them down. Being RESPONSIBLE MEANS IGNORING THE FEMININE AND CHILD-LIKE QUALITIES THAT DEFINE THE BEST OF WHO WE ARE! This is why many live Life’s of SEETHING, EXPLODING OR IMPLODING ANGER.
The Peasant who would NOT stand up to the Baron or Steward ffor the unnecessary death of his wife,, also rejected his son, who had sliced up the Cabbage patch HANGED HIMSELF. Getting himself caught between Societal Norms and being true to himself, his wife and son, his seething anger led him to implode by the hanging of himself.
Hence, the conclusion for me is that I look for little change from institutions, whether they be Political, Religious of Economic because most are self-serving.
However, I have GREAT HOPE for each of us as INDIVIDUALS. Though the times prior to WW I are not as bad now as then, I still still see the same basic social, economic and religious constructors.
What has changed is that we have more room for CHOICE. Both women and children are respected more, now the challenge is to RESPECT the Feminine Side and our Childlike Natures, which often get lost as we struggle to adjust to the Realities of this Harsh World in which we dwell. It can be done, however, if we are willing to doe the hard work of self-differentiating ourselves from the constructs of society, religion and most of all MATERIALISM that is dominate in Corporate America that seem to control everything.