I am what I am

September 11, 2010 § 4 Comments

Recently, I watched this movie ‘Dead poets society‘, a movie worthy of one’s time. Seriously. The concept would probably be quite familiar for most people. Our own, 3 idiots gets very close to DPS, and even … nope, could n’t recollect any other one.

So, Robbin Williams plays the role of a English teacher at a boarding school which is known for its academic excellence & discipline, etc. He is portrayed as a free thinker, someone who makes new ways for himself. The movie is about encouraging people to find their inner voice & revolutionize perceptions. I am not going to narrate the full story, but just one particular scene which was well shot & provoked me. Here it goes:

The topic for that day’s class is ‘conformity’. The teacher makes 3 students walk inside quadrangle, one behind the author. Initially they start off with different speeds & rhythm. After few seconds, their steps synchronize. Left, right, left, right… Each one of thee conformed their individual, independent rhythm to match with the other two, so that it looks uniform & good. This is exactly the lesson! 🙂 The teacher goes on to question, “why did the conformation happen?”. In the teacher’s own words, (addressing his students)

.. we all have a great need for acceptance. But you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own. Even though others may think them odd or unpopular …

When people find it difficult to be a rebel or when the going gets tough, they back down. Hmm. Very interesting thought. Why should you align your interests/thoughts with the global, national, societal, family interests? Where is the real YOU?

Arun Vallappan


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§ 4 Responses to I am what I am

  • saurabh says:

    check the other good scene in my website.

  • Arun Vallappan says:

    🙂 Indeed it is!

  • sarath chava says:

    well .. i question the “you” it self. is there any thing called “you” at all. everything that you think is because of some thing that exists out side of you i.e. our brain and thoughts it contains are formed because of some thing out side.

    • Arun Vallappan says:

      hmm! 🙂 those thoughts formed represents the “you”, in my opinion! another thing, would like to add is, by ‘you’ i refer to that person who wants to un-fetter himself from what a person considers orthodox.

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