To the editor:
My wife and I just love a well put together, logical and exciting movie.
Some great movies that come to mind are "The Godfather," "Rudy," "Braveheart," "The Lord of the Rings" series, "12 Angry Men," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "It's a Wonderful Life," "Saving Private Ryan," "Rocky" and "Apocalypto."
They had great stories, great lines and great ideas.
It is so easy to start believing the actors and actresses actually believe the ideas and thoughts they portray in the movies. In some cases, they probably do. In most of the cases, they are simply playing a role that was written by someone else and they are told how to play that role by a director. After all they are only, as the name indicates, "actors."
If you think about it, what are actors? Assuming they are good at their profession, they are people who fake emotions and say someone else's words in a convincing way.
In everyday life, these same attributes would make these people phonies, liars, untrustworthy or even unstable. Why would anyone accept what they say publicly as truth? After all, they have exhibited exceptional talent as liars and phonies. And we should respect, follow and admire these people ... why?
I respect and admire a good teacher helping a student grow or a vigilant police officer protecting our community or a fireman ready to put his life on the line or a parent educating their child about right and wrong despite a changing society.
I have extreme admiration and respect for the people in our military since they can lose everything keeping us free. Our good priests, rabbis, ministers and pastors deserve our love, admiration and support for all the help they give us.
So many excellent coaches have brought out our strengths and abilities that they deserve our gratitude and respect.
Anyone who stands up to a bully has my admiration and respect. It does not matter if the bully uses physical, or verbal intimidation as in using "politically correct" speak to shut one up.
I have great respect for the fisherman fighting to make a living against unreasonable and unfair government regulators.
The business person working to provide better products and services despite all the regulatory roadblocks may be the most neglected and deserving of our admiration.
Yes, I respect, admire and care about many special people in our community.
No, I do not particularly listen to, believe, respect or even care about today's actors and actresses.
After all they are just actors. I know I have started to question who should be admired and respected. Many of you have, too.
If you haven't, I hope you consider rethinking your role models and your heroes.
John T. Kolackovsky