I always try measure things that goes on in my mind, also with people, but i’m not perfect (thank god, otherwise there’s nothing left to learn). I was very aware of what i posted, i was wondering if anyone would notice, and you happen to have a very watchful eye. But you’re right, it’s easy to get burned on social media, so i edited it :) So basically, we have 2 things in common. :)
We are all the main characters of our own story, but we play supporting roles and extras in other stories. Sometimes we’re not even in a story at all. That’s okay though because our story still influences the world. Remember that.
Ha, I was wondering if someone would notice that, very watchful of you ;) I was doubting to write ‘blonde’ because it’s a stereotypical joke. Sometimes people get away with what they say, I never do, and that’s only good, keeps me alert. I will edit it ;) But, who is ‘us’ that you are talking about? What do you stand for?
12 years a slave is based on the life of Solomon Northup, a New York state-born free african american, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery by men who thought were kind hearted.
"I don’t want to survive, i want to live!"
The movie shows the horrible truth of slavery around 1853, Solomon goes from a free black man to a man treated like a work object, and his fight to keep his dignity, and his willpower to not survive, but to live.
Now what is so powerful about this movie?
Solomon was a free man. A free man until he was sold and used as a slave. This movie perfectly shows how other people can break your spirit, by first taking your identity (giving Solomon a different name), beating him because Solomon denied he was a slave, and thus giving into the fact that he wasn’t a free man anymore.
This is the first step of oppression.
There are so many scenes that shows the absurdity of this whole ordeal. One scene in particular was when Solomon was about to be hanged only to be left dangling, struggling to keep his toes on the ground in order not to choke by the noose around his neck. This scene lasted around 2 minutes, but what was happening in the background showed the absurdity of slavery, While Solomon was dangling there, other slaves continued to do their chores, walking by as if it’s no big deal, kids playing in the background, all while poor solomon was barely breathing, clearly having a difficult time. Do you see what’s going on here, because i certainly did; - this is what’s happening when you watch the news and think “oh that’s horrible” and then stoically continue on with your day, forgetting about what you just saw.
The slaves continued their day because they accepted that this is just how it goes, well, they had to accept it. Fear was probably beating so deeply into them, that they were happy that it was not them dangling there. Of course there were slaves who wanted to take action, but didn’t know how, or were just too afraid.
How does this implement in present day?
Well, look around you, turn on the news and you’ll see people still being oppressed, people still being used as a slave. Slavery is not just being held captive physically, it’s also being held captive mentally, being deprived of who you really are, Being forced to do things against your will, being forced to shut up, being told lies by people with power, being forced to believe in lies and to live accordingly to those lies.
Slavery is still happening, people!
Now what is to be learned about this movie?
Solomon is one of the very few people in that time who gets to be free again. Most people on this earth are not free. As my female doctor from Pakistan told me how she couldn’t leave the house without a male walking with her, Malala Yousafzai backing this story up as she writes in her book that a female must always go outside under guidance of a man, even if this man is 5 years old.
I don’t think most of us understand the power of freedom, or even taking for granted that we can do whatever we want. Freedom is underrated. As my female doctor from Pakistan said to me: People here don’t realize how free they are.
You may think: “a story like solomon will never happen to me”, well, it can. Look around you, look at what’s going on in the news, look at the people that are in abusive relationships.. Remember, its not only a physical matter, slavery is also mental thing, oppression happens in various ways, small or big.
Moral of this post:
No one has the right to break your spirit, no one has the right to take away who you are and what you stand for. No one has the right to treat you like a number, an animal or an object. No one has the right to take your freedom.
And as long as you have freedom, appreciate it, acknowledge it by celebrating your life, and doing good for other. You are truly blessed if you have freedom, in any kind of way. The majority of the people on this planet don’t have this honor, Stop to realize this, everyday, or just now and then. And help those who don’t have that privilege.
I had a hard time throughout this entire movie, and i left with my legs and head feeling heavy. This movie reminded me why i don’t like to watch movies that feature slavery, wars or any form of oppression. I’m way to sensitive for this, and it only makes me more upset about how cruel humans can be towards others. Sometimes i hate the people on this planet, but then i realize, i must do the opposite, and give back to the people, prove others that not everyone is cruel and ego-driven. I hope people who see this movie will be inspired to do the right thing, stand up for one another, and treating each other as fellow human beings.
Me to my friend T, while having drinks on the Rembrandtplein: who is that guy on the statue? Why is he featured on this square?
Friend: who do you think he is? Where are we right now?
Me: *realizing* aah right, Rembrandt van Rijn, d’oh!
Friend: I think you had enough wine..
Having a ditzy moment on the Rembrandt square in Amsterdam.
And this was after we had a 3 hour talk about politics, women rights and everything non casual.