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The Great Aim of Education is not Knowledge but Action - Herbert Spencer
I think that the story on This American Life was very informative. It talked about how people no matter what their age can still have and accomplish dreams. This particular dream was formed by a 65 year old woman living alone, who wrote her first story. This story was about a senior citizen who robs a store. During this, the woman robbing the store gets into a real life conversation with the clerk. After their conversation she parts from her newly founded friend and gets on a bus to make her getaway.
The next part of the film was about a 13 year old. This person starts forming bad habits after leaving her private school to enroll in a public school. She ends up addicted to drugs and living unaware of what she is doing to herself. After her grades drop and she starts and she gets more aware of what is happing to her she turns her life around. I think that the reason for that story was to talk about the effect peers have on an adolescent.
I liked this episode. Maybe not the diary reading section, because it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be about. I’m not really into drugs and partying. What mostly had my attention were the short film and all the people who had auditioned for it. How even if they’re older that they still have dreams and how confident they were about it. It amazed me. I guess it’s really never too late to have a goal or a dream. Something you can set for yourself.
When do dreams die?
Some questions came to my mind when I saw this story. A woman in her 60’s, writing for the first time, came up with a story from her heart. She had a dream to become a professional screen writer. Can re-invent yourself at any age? Has the loss of youth and the gain of fear boost yourself to become creative? Or does it make you become more ready to die?
When you see the process of the dream, you start to appreciate it more; the ‘behind the scenes’ with the true boost in self confidence on the writer’s part. But is it good to support someone their dreams – when it is almost too late?
I think so, because even in the final moments of a person’s life. They get to look back on something that was nourished by them, which others can look back and look towards their future.
‘Taking risks is all a part of being young. Even to the old.’
I couldn’t truly come up with a clear explanation towards this story. Although short, I thought it was a little broad and that we all find ourselves in the situation of looking back on ourselves in a way. Some more profound or guilty than others.
But the way we perceive things in our future are different than telling it to someone else. As well as the past.
I thought this episode was inspiring, a women in her sixties writing a screenplay and getting it produced is just mind boggling. It shows that no matter how old you are you can still accomplish your goals just as well as if you were in your twenties. Then hearing about how a little girl, just thirteen years old, who was drawn to drugs turned her life around and is now drug free is awesome. It just goes to show that maybe you don't have to live the life that everyone around you is living. Maybe you can grow up to be your own person and live your own life?
I thought that in Act 2 the elderly people making a film for the film festival, I thought that it neat that they were making a film that could posibly work. To me, it's impressive for a women that is 65 years of age to write a story and make it to a movie. Most people at that age don't generally do this sort of thing, they just go shoping every once in while or visit with grankids.
I thought Act 1 was a little bit on the wierd side of life, the lady telling jokes of her boyfriend that was killed in the Twin Towers. To me death of a loved one is not to be joked about, but that's my opinion.
Act 3 It wierded me out to no end, i couldn't tell if she was purposly trying to sound funny or is reading it the way she wrote it. But when she said at the end of the video that she hadn't wrote in for a month, and that is why the story line jumps. Thats when it hit me that it wasn't a fake.
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