moments from Cinema –
the end of Witness when Samuel pulls the bell,
when Jerome blasts into outer space at the end of Gattaca,
the bit in Cinema Paridiso when he views all the censored bits…
when Louis says “Round up the Usual Suspects” at the end of Casablanca, so that we know that corruption can be used for good as well as evil.
moments from rock’n’roll –
Ian Dury assuring us that there are reasons to be cheerful,
Pearl Jam reminding me that there is a Better Man somewhere.
David Byrne dancing, rather badly, before I’m taken to the river,
The Beatles shedding their image and telling us that the revolution had arrived
before Skyhooks reminded us why it drifted away.
moments from my life –
Laughing and realising how good it was to be alive, the birth of my son, my wife, the joy of realising the joy of realising the joy was not about anything else but the realising and screaming: I am alive and all things are not only possible but definite and ready and everything is full of flowers and beauty and everything is happening in its own good time and at such a point it is enough, believe me, it is enough…
moments from politics –
Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech, Whitlam’s election after 23 years of Coalition Rule, Me dancing to Kennett’s defeat while singing “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead”, Chifley’s “Light on The Hill”, Malcolm Fraser showing that being a conservative doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to believe that anyone who doesn’t vote Liberal should be sent to Nauru, Billy McMahon telling us that inflation was caused by prices rising…
(Should I add Abbott’s Shirtfront moment?)
moments in the future –
This too shall pass. We shall dance for a moment, but we need to get beyond the dancing, we need to meet each other face to face, talk honestly and find a better way to find a better way…
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