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.