I am not a radical.
I am not a revolutionary.
I am not a promoter of violence or chaos.
But there is a question I would like to ask, in general, to you, the readers.
Is there ever, in your opinion, a right time or reason to do something that might be considered the wrong thing?
There is a movie called “V for Vendetta” that is set in what I would call a “dystopian” future, in the UK.Â A future where the UK has become a closed society and imposes strict rules on what you can read, listen to, say and do.Â All TV is controlled and monitored by the government.Â In short, it is a very Orwellian story.
The main character is a radical, who, while the story make him out to be a modern hero for that time, is performing acts of domestic terrorism in the city where the story is set.Â All this in order to embolden the people, the citizenry, to stand up and take back their country and their freedoms.
So the question stands.Â Is there a time when you can justify something that is obviously an act of terrorism, or the actions of what is basically a domestic terrorist, when the popular movement supports that person or group?
Watching this movie, I walk away with an odd feeling from it.Â I do enjoy the movie, it is a powerful movie with a positive statement.Â “V”, the main character in this movie said; “People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people.”Â This statement alone is one that I think we have all forgotten, and this movie demonstrates that act carried, in my opinion, too far.
It is a movies that carries with it a mixed message.Â Expressing the need for people to stand up and take their place in the path that their country takes.Â It also carries a dangerous message, especially in these “Post 9/11″ years, when even the slightest act of sedition is enough to put you on the government’s watch list.
I watch the movie and I do see many similarities between the society that they show and the way we are becoming.Â No… our government is not getting THAT oppressive yet, but the interpretation of the people, willing to sit back and watch as the government tells them how to live, work and love.Â That I can see us doing, because face it… many of us Americans are becoming lazy and complacent.
If you have not seen the movie, then I would like to ask that you give it a whirl.Â I hope that you will not only watch it for the entertainment factor, but also to take the time and examine it from a historic point of view.Â I would like to know what others take from the movie and if that is anything along the lines of what I took from it.
Is there another Guy Fawkes out there, waiting in the wings, waiting for a cause to undertake?