There is no news. There is only the truth of the signal. What I see. And, there's the puppet theater the Parliament jesters foist on the somnambulant public. -- Mr. Universe, Serenity, 2005.
Crawford Gowrie: Miss Haversham, I'm not gonna touch yuh now. You're an old lady, but you're in the wrong. You're fightin' the whole county, but you're gonna get tired, and when yuh do get tired, we're gonna go in.Miss Eunice Habersham: [Unflustered] I'm goin' for eighty, and I'm not tired yet. -- Intruder in the Dust, 1949.
Rosey let me oversleep this morning and quietly went out the door without waking me. She figured, correctly, that I was still trying to catch up on the checks cashed on my Oregon trip. Now when I arise late, I tend toward lazy the rest of the day and when I got my grits for breakfast, I settled down in front of the television to watch the news but immediately became disenchanted with what Mr. Universe called "the puppet theatre."
So I flipped the channel over to Turner Classic Movies in time to catch the opening of the film based on the William Faulkner classic, Intruder in the Dust. It had been ages since I saw it and the gritty old Southern lady character of Miss Eunice Habersham, who faces off a lynch mob never gets old for me. She epitomizes the determined minority of the Three Percent.
After that, I briefly considered getting busy but made the mistake of flipping over to the recorded movies on the box and lo, and behold, was a Akiro Kurusawa movie that I had never seen, Sanjuro.
I was immediately taken by the intellectual subtlety and 4GW nature of the plot and with the wisdom of Kurusawa's ronin Sanjûrô Tsubaki, who observes, "Stupid friends are dangerous." and "You tired of being stupid yet?" and of course the eternal truth: "If it sounds to good to be true it usually is."
Like Intruder in the Dust, this is a movie that all Three Percenters need to see, for it not only explores the mental aspects of 4GW but the moral foundations as well. So, perhaps it was not a wasted morning after all.