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V for Vendetta

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Has anyone here watched this movie called "V for Vendetta"? What did you think of it?

I did recently and it's gotta be one of the best movies I've ever watched. I might have not said something like some months ago, but from where I stand today the movie is a perfect fit, might even call it positively life changing and incredibly inspiring.

But since it is, after all, a hollywood movie, regardless of what your ideology with regards to freedom is, it is good entertainment for the mind at the least and could be fairly inspirational as well.

I'm most impressed by its portrayal of fear as the weapon being used by those who seek to oppress you and a lack of fear as a true mental state of freedom.

What do you think?

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Great Movie

V for Vendetta has been an inspiration for me in moments when I think that freedom is a lost cause. It is easy to give up on your fellow americans for their narrow minded beliefs that cause so many problems and this is something that we shouldn't do.

The movie was excellent. The parts were played well by all actors. The fighting scenes were action packed. The idea was marvelous.

I tried to get my movie buff friend to watch it since he said he hadn't. He refused. He has watched 1000's of movies and refuses to watch this one. He also refuses to watch the matrix movies. Some people really don't want to change their core beliefs. If you believe in something it gives it power. To have to recognize and open your mind to other ideas may destroy your life of lies.

Freedom is a mental state. Let's all use it wisely.

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Agreed, albeit with a little

Agreed, albeit with a little caveat. I think we shouldn't give up on fellow humans, not just "americans". I no longer see the borders and national classifications as really valid because they're essentially just illusions. This is planet earth and it inhabits a sentient race we in english language call "humans", denoting all of us. If you can help someone grasp an idea that could free his or her mind it doesn't matter where (s)he lives or whether (s)he calls himself or herself an american, russian, croatian or whatever. Location may matter, but only in a sense of providing an additional commonality between you and someone else, that being that you're living in the same town or city, for example, which may be worth considering when you strategize your efforts in increasing personal liberty and spreading the idea.

But national labels tend to go a little further where everyone within given illusory borders, which are completely arbitrary, are seen as somehow the same in some way, even though most of them never see each other. It implies that everyone within those arbitrary borders must be sharing a same certain set of ideas. That leads to pursuit of uniformity which destroys diversity and therefore freedom.

Which reminds me of the party slogan from the movie: "Strength through unity." I believe that slogan to be uttering a lie, since fanatical pursuit of unity always leads to the same kind of pursuit of uniformity and conformity which in turn weakens the individual because he always ends up facing a choice between conforming to the majority rule or staying true to yourself even if that makes you different (and often in extreme versions of such regimes, a dissident, a rebell etc.).

constitutional1 wrote:

Freedom is a mental state. Let's all use it wisely.

Totally agreed. And it is largely a state of lack of fear, as is so dramatically shown in the movie. It is interesting how a lot of the fear people have can actually be traced to fear of freedom itself. They're afraid that if they give themselves the liberty to be who they are they will end up unpopular and prosecuted. I guess everyone has to decide for themselves what matters more to them, living a lie for the sake of illusion of security or staying true to self.

Cheers

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