I was watching the latest James Bond movie Skyfall last night when I came to the realization that some movies have a tendency of making me feel unhappy about my station in life.
Most of the time during the movie I found myself saying “I wish had that”, “I wish I was like him”, or “I wish I looked like that.”
Think about it for a second…
What do most movies have in common? They are idealized versions of life. The more spectacular the better. Which characters are the most popular? The ones who are the most powerful ,sexy and wealthy. The ones most unlike a “normal” person. It is important to distinguish that I am in no way implying that movies shouldn’t glorify heroic, virtuous behavior. My problem is that often times the behaviors that are glorified aren’t heroic or virtuous. They are simply sensational.
The key to a happy life is to be content; contentment drawn from a peace that stems from living a life of virtue. Diligence, faith, and courage to always do “the next right thing” will cause one’s lot to eventually improve. Gratitude is the beginning of virtue. It’s rare that movies leave me feeling grateful. Well, I guess nobody is forcing me to watch movies…..so the choice is mine.