Five years after founding The Gratitude Campaign, I've received over 10,500 e-mails, and 1,500 comments on YouTube. It seems that there is a lot to talk about with regard to gratitude for those who serve; not the least of which is the ever present challenge of understanding how to keep the politics out of it. Hopefully this blog will give us an opportunity for some rational, reasonable, and respectful discussion. I hope you'll join us...

~Scott Truitt, FOUNDER


Monday, February 28, 2011

On The Power of the Movies

Last week I posted a question on our Facebook page. It said:

Movies inform and inspire us. In honor of Oscar weekend, which movie has most inspired your gratitude for your freedom and those who serve to defend it?

Movies have always been an important part of my life. I wasn’t just giving lip service with my question – they have informed me about a wide range of topics that I would not have otherwise been exposed to. And they have inspired me to be a better human being. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons that I started thegratitudecampaign to begin with.

Movies are so powerful because they show us aspects of who we are that might not otherwise be apparent to us. They show us what is happening in the world around us. And they show us how life could be, if only given the right circumstances. Would we have been ready to elect an African-American President by the year 2008, for instance, if Hollywood had not been showing us what that would look like for ten to fifteen years prior?

So it wasn’t surprising to find that they have inspired many of our Facebook fans, as well. Several fantastic movies were listed as inspirational. So I thought that was worth taking a closer look at. In the coming weeks, I’m going to spend a little time discussing some of the movies that have inspired and informed our gratitude for our freedom, and those who serve to defend it.

Stay tuned…

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