How does this film relates to the terrorists of modern times ?
Well… try to look at this closely from different points of view. In general William Wallace is being presented in the movie as a hero. But at the same time from the point of view of the king of England and others who were in power ( the elite ) he is being regarded as a terrorist. He was hurt and ruined by the injustice of system of power in 13th century and he stands up against it. He is being presented as a hero. We are impressed by his braveness and determination with which he fights for the justice. And almost all of the viewers of this movie stand on his side ( of course virtually but somehow we are supporting him and his values for which he stands ).
Now let's fast forward to current times. We have different scenery, a different actors but the story line is the same. But I'm not talking about the film anymore. I am talking about real life. Our system of power, politics, economy etc is operating in exactly the same way as it was functioning in 13th century. Injustice prevails and many people are hurt and ruined by the system. Most of those who are hurt simply give up and accept the belief that apparently they cannot do anything to change the system. But I'm certain that from time to time there are people who are like William Wallace and decide to stand up and do something to change the system which hurt them. And of course some of them in their sorrow and despair decide to take on the violent way of bringing the justice like the Braveheart - they detonate bombs, go on the killing spree with machine guns etc. They have their reason, they feel that they are justified and they have the right to do.
For example we have the father who’s child is sick and needs medical treatment that is very expensive. But he doesn't have the money to pay for it. Most probably he goes few times to the local authorities and everywhere possibly he can asking for help. But the answer is always no. The doctor will not perform the treatment unless the father pays the money first and eventually his beloved child dies. He’s got nobody else in this world because his wife already died and he spent all the money that he had on other alternative treatments. He's left alone in sorrow and despair. The injustice of the system which we all as humanity have created today ( capitalism ), has hurt him and ruined him. He decides to take revenge on the system. And he decides to kill the doctor and detonate the bomb in the government building ….etc.
The story from the film “Braveheart” as well as this example is fictional. But we all know that similar situations happen in real life quite often ( I refer to the situations where people are being treated in unfair way by the system - and if you don't see it then you must be really blind). We hear about them more and more lately on TV and in the newspapers. Then we also hear about violent murders and terrorist attacks that killed seemingly innocent people.
We are all shocked by it and immediately condemn the terrorists, judge them as very bad persons, psychopath etc. And this is normal reaction. But at the same time this is automatic reaction.
But what about if this particular terrorist or murderer is just like William Wallace ? What about if he's got his reason for doing it because the system killed his wife or his child ? In your mind you were on the side of William Wallace. In your mind you were a soldier of William Wallace supporting his fight against the king ( the system ) even though he was killing violently other people. Maybe you even had tears in your eyes while watching the movie because you were touched in your heart by his braveness and determination ?
So what if the members of terrorist organisation are like William Wallace ? Why don't you support them like the actors in the movie ? But you go automatically in the judgment and condemnation of them ? As I said before the king and his servants in the film were regarding Wallace as a psychopath, crazy, insane murderer and terrorist. They were giving him those labels quite often without knowing the reason for his actions. And you behave the same way. You judge them without knowing the facts.
There is a question.
Are you the servant of the king ( capitalism ) hurting and ruining innocent people's lives ? And that’s why you are shocked and react in fear like the royals and knights from the film because in the bottom of the heart you know that you have created and supported the system which is hurting other people. And now you are afraid that this terrorist would come and get you in revenge because you have contributed to his suffering ?
ANYWAY… I DO NOT SUPPORT NOR APPLAUSE IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER THE METHODS OF WILLIAM WALLACE NOR ANY TERRORIST IN THIS WORLD.
First of all because not every terrorist is like William Wallace and secondly because fighting violence with violence is not effective. And the examples of it we may see throughout the history of humanity where for example 2 countries or religions are in continuous violent fights for hundreds of years without bringing any peaceful solution.
BUT I DO SUPPORT EQUAL MONEY SYSTEM BECAUSE THIS WILL STOP MOST ( IF NOT ALL ) OF THE REASONS FOR EXISTENCE OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD. AND I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO THE SAME.
Greg Wiater - Desteni I Process
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There is something in me which tells me: ...this world is not as it should be... this world is not as it could be... And I have tried to change it: ...I have prayed...I have hoped...I have meditated...I have visualized...I have thought positively... And I have tried many other things and methods. But very little has changed. Now it is time to be more practical and more effective. Now I work on implementation of LIVING INCOME GUARANTEED.