‘Blind Side’ and Society

It wasn’t just the fact that Sandra Bullock (who I have never met but seem to adore) has won an Oscar for her role in the Blind Side, it’s the fact that my friends seem to rave about it continuously, that made me finally get off the couch and go and see it.

Blind Side is based on a true story of a middle class white Touhy family, who take in a black boy from the street and help him realise his overall potential. Sandra Bullock plays the head-strong mother of the family, who has a loving husband, two wonderful kids (the little boy is a true jewel, who will make you smile or crack up laughing throughout the movie) and a successful career as an interior designer. But when she sees Big Mike, a boy who studies at her kid’s school, soaking wet, walking by the road side in the dark, something compels her to turn the car around and take him home. I urge you to see the movie for yourself but I will say that I haven’t seen a movie that good for a long time. It made me (and the rest of the audience) laugh but it also made me well up several times, and believe me, I normally don’t cry when I go to the movies. But the best compliment I can give this movie is to say that it made me think about our place in society and about what kind of people we all are.

How many of us can truly sympathise with a stranger? How many of us will come to the rescue of a person we have never seen before? Are many of us capable of helping a person who struggles or giving a child a loving home when we already have kids of our own? Would we spend our own money on a complete stranger, expecting nothing in return?

We tend to be divided by so many things, like race, wealth, outlook on life, we are so quick to judge each other or be rude to each other but it’s the genuine acts of kindness that make us human and worthy of being called a human being.

Recently we had two bombings on the tube in Moscow and reports were varied but you know what shocked me the most? A short news story that said that taxi drivers in the affected areas tripled their fares. They didn’t rush to help people or take them to the hospital- they looked to make a buck for themselves out of someone else’s tragedy. While some people, inside those train carriages, racked by the blasts, saved other people from dying, by being at the front of the explosions, some morons on the ground, safe and sound, tried to profit from a horribly tragic situation. Did it get mentioned during governmental briefings? Oh no, it didn’t, while I strongly believe it should have. Those actions are beyond shameful and by not saying anything, one seems not to condone it. I am not saying there weren’t plenty of decent and courageous people out there, helping out-there were plenty! It’s always a small bunch of inhumanes that can be found anywhere around the world, attacking a frail pensioner for their meagre savings, killing a youth for his mobile phone, raping a young woman or abusing a child-the list can be endless.

But we need to talk about things like that and learn as society. Certain events make people come together, but a story told in the Blind Side is the best example of what all of us are capable of. Every nation has good and bad people and every nation has monsters, said President Medvedev while addressing his government and the nation shortly after the Moscow tube bombings and I think he is fundamentally right, we just need to unite across the world and be led forward by kindness and selflessness, hopefully making our world a better place for our kids to live safely in.

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