Why Do You Look to Others

To Tell You What to Think?

by Thomas Wictor

Sat, January 26, 2019

I don’t care what others think on any topic. Social media has made people tragically reliant on others, even when it comes to private thoughts.

The president has noticed this problem.

I listened to his entire speech. The Democrats got NOTHING, and in three weeks, they have to either put up or shut up.

We have to stop living in a cartoon. The president does not do what Bill Maher wants. He doesn’t take out knives and threaten people. And we have to remember that the electorate is stupid. Americans gave the House to the Democrats, so Americans have to live with that. It wasn’t Trump’s fault; it’s the fault of people who have lost the ability to think.

You elect Democrats, and then you bitch about them BEING Democrats.

I have no sympathy.

What you need to do is to cultivate the ability to stand entirely alone, if necessary. The opinions of others shouldn’t matter. EVER.

I highly recommend this documentary on the actor Robert Shaw. Much of it is in Irish, so there are subtitles.

Robert Shaw was one of what the British called the “Angry Young Men.” He was a writer as well as an actor. All the Angry Young Men drank heavily. Shaw’s father was an alcoholic, and Shaw’s wife Mary Ure died of alcoholism at the age of 42.

Robert Shaw had ten children, including two adopted and one born to a mistress. He died of a heart attack at the age of 51, having utterly burned himself out.

The Irish documentary on Shaw includes comments from a film critic who belittles “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” as a mindless thriller that Shaw did only for the money.

This is crazy. “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” is one of the greatest films ever made. It’s absolutely perfect in every way. Just the music alone is utter genius.

It doesn’t matter to me that “experts” think the movie is a mindless thriller. They’re off their rockers. The film has absolutely everything an audience could ask for. It’s about four armed men who hijack a New York City subway train and demand money in exchange for the passengers. Every single character in the movie is fully developed. During the period that the movie was made, the industry relied on massively talented supporting actors.

We just don’t have that anymore. It’s one of the things that makes today’s movies so banal. Characters are not individuals.

Although Robert Shaw is remembered mostly for “Jaws,” there’s no doubt that “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” is an exponentially better movie. The only character in “Jaws” who I find tolerable is Chief Brody, played by Roy Schneider. Everybody else is simply too annoying and mannered for me to care about.

In “Pelham,” we care about every single person in the film, EVEN THE MURDERERS. These are despicable men, and we don’t want them to get away. but the film does the nearly impossible feat of making us root for EVERYBODY. Watch it and you’ll know what I mean.

Robert Shaw was very cruel to Richard Dreyfuss on the set of “Jaws.” Dreyfuss was an arrogant 26-year-old prick, so Shaw told him that it was criminal how fat and weak he was.

“I’ll bet you couldn’t give me ten good pushups,” Shaw said. He brutally cut Dreyfuss down to size.

Robert Shaw died by the side of the road three years later, and Dreyfuss always regretted that they’d had such a rough time together.

And then this happened.

It’s featured in the documentary about Shaw.

Personally, I feel that divine intervention allowed Richard Dreyfuss to put aside lifelong pain. There were too many things left to chance for that meeting to have been sheer luck or coincidence.

Magic happens. It’s real. But to experience it, you first have to tune your soul so that you can perceive it. Or RECEIVE it. You can’t be an endlessly negative, whining, fearful dolt.

And you certainly can’t experience magic if you rely on other to tell you how to think and feel.

About the author
Thomas Wictor was born in Caripito, Venezuela, and has lived in Texas, the Netherlands, Norway, Great Britain, Oregon, Japan, and California. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lewis and Clark College and has worked as a stevedore, library archivist, conversational English teacher, editor of the world's first online newspaper, voiceover actor, delivery driver, process server, field representative for a document-retrieval service, and music journalist.


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