Two nights ago I went to see the movie named, The Free State Of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey. It is an “ action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. ” Elevation Pictures.
The movie is a true story of the cruelty of people against people during the Civil War and has stayed in my mind since I saw it. I am sure this happens to many people after they see a movie; we tend to play the scenes over and over in our minds for days.
Knowing that these events actually happened is troubling and causes me to wonder how we humans can be as cruel as we are and have been to our fellow human beings.
Today’s Daily Prompt word, layers, does tend to describe how I see the difference in people. We have the group who have no conscience, no love for humanity, no tolerance of anyone who is different and commit the worst crimes and acts of violence toward others.
The second layer would be the Police officers or the Protectors who are doing their job to protect the innocent. The Soldiers who dedicate their lives to defend all of us who want to live in peace and harmony. What would we do if we didn’t have these brave individuals in our world!
The third layer consists of people like you and me who try to live each day as normally as possible. Going about our lives of everyday living. Taking care of our homes, our families our pets. We work, we play, we learn, we teach and we try to go on in spite of our fears that maybe someday the worst crimes could happen to us. For now we have to carry on, happy and respectfully, far away from all the bad in the world.
The fourth layer would be the young children. The vulnerable; the innocent who are carefree and hopefully protected from all the worries of this old world. Their only worries of the day will be whether their homework is finished and if their television show is on that night! Whether they will hit a home run during their baseball game or if their friends can come over to play after school!
The fifth and final layer are the new-born babies coming into this world; the hope of a better future. They come into this world with no thoughts of prejudice or hatred; no anger and no mistrust! They are the hope of a better tomorrow. They will be the new growth just like the pruned rose-bush with a new branch growing to form a new healthy rose where the old sad and tired flower has been removed.
When I watched the movie I thought to myself; how lucky I am that I didn’t live in those troubled times of the Civil War. Then I realize that we do still have wars and we still have troubles going on in our world. They may not be close to me but they are happening still!
What can we do and how can this change? There has to be an answer somewhere in all those layers and I do believe there will be someday!
In spite of the layers I have imagined in my mind, I will always believe that there are more good people than bad in our world!
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