Every once in a while a movie comes out of Hollywood that I don’t like.
Usually, I just don’t go see it.
Sometimes, though, I watch the movie. I may think it was boring. I may not like how predictable it is. It may attempt humor and fall way short. Many of the movies are too sappy for me.
At times I leave the theater angry. Maybe it was because the film preached a political message that I didn’t like. Maybe it unfairly portrayed a person that I have always admired.
Have you ever been mad after you watched a movie?
If so, I bet you didn’t go out and kill an ambassador and three other embassy workers.
But, if news accounts are accurate, that’s what happened last week in Libya. In a reaction to the same movie, Egyptians rioted and ripped apart and burned an American flag.
And they pulled these stunts on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11.
You can’t reason with folks like that. They only understand one language—the sound of exploding bombs.
We encounter similar knotheads all the time.
Take drug addicts, for example. There are a few who crave to be free from the crippling influence of drugs and cooperate as we help them in drug court or in drug treatment programs. But, an alarming number choose prison over freedom, if that freedom requires them to become drug-free.
People who beat up their wives are shocked when we send them to prison. They act as if they’ve done nothing wrong.
The point I’m trying to make is that some people in the world don’t think like we do.
If you told me I could get off of drugs or go to prison, I would try my darndest to stop taking drugs. Most men can’t imagine beating up a woman and would expect severe sanctions if they did.
And all of us who saw a movie that made us angry would just get over it.
So, how do you deal with that fraction of the world that won’t listen to reason?
Academics try to tell us that we can counsel with them. Offer them rewards as we coax them into becoming model citizens. Remove them from poverty. Give them second and third chances. Explain to them why their actions are wrong and tell them how disappointed we are when they repeat their crimes. Apologize to them for the way society has wronged them.
Academics need to get their heads out of the sand.
Bullies on the playground understand one thing - an uppercut to the chin that lifts their feet off the ground.
And psychopaths are the same way.
It’s time we Americans realized that.