Politics: Saturday in Detention
“The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming of age comedy-drama film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. The storyline follows five teenagers (each a member of a different high school clique) as they spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all deeper than their respective stereotypes.” (Wikipedia)
At the time of the film, I remember wondering “Why is this film so riveting?” I mean, for the most part it’s just about a bunch of ill-mannered youth who had a library at their high school that was grander than most public libraries. I thought… what problems could these “children” possibly have? As the film rolled on and the day (in the film) progressed I suddenly began to realize the complexities that each individual faced in their daily lives, and yet…their life paths which had not previously crossed…somehow did, on that unusual Saturday?
For those of you who are not familiar with my writing, you may be saying to yourself, whelp that’s all good and fine but how in the world are you going to apply this movie to our politicians?
The question is do we every really leave the high school mentality or do we simple just switch cliques as we get older?
I mean we have jocks who become “athletes” as adults, geeks who become “tech savvy” as adults, the princesses “uhmmm Hollywood” , the rebels who become “advocates” and of course, the student council who become “politicians”.
Let’s talk politics shall we…lately there has been so much talk about replacing people in government, working against government or even shutting it down completely.
Yet in all this fervency of emotion and hostility gives way to a lack of empathy on how hard it would be to have such a heavy responsibility as holding a political job.
Just like in the movie the Breakfast Club when Judd Nelson’s character’s home life is revealed and how he sacrificed himself to save the beloved princess, how he was ridiculed and threated by a “well respected” teacher so politicians become those outsiders in life. Judged as liars, manipulators, and sometimes useless the public has not the understanding of how much they really do, and what goes on to keep the country running. Judd Nelson’s character John (pegged a lair) actually told not one lie in the movie but rather served as an unlikely protector of the others from themselves.
Perhaps, this turbulent emotion in the country comes at a time when the people should include politicians in “we” of “we’ the people, for at the end of the day that’s just what they are… people, and we need to work as a whole for one group to support the other.
I leave you with this quote from my late grandmother, she said, “when your immature you laugh at the outsider who followed all the rules, who reminded the teacher that the class needed a homework assignment over the weekend or that guy or girl who seems like a pure basket case… if you’re lucky my dear you will mature and understand the value of working together with “that person” who’s life “appears” unlike yours, rather than against them.”
What is the value of it…? If you have to ask then your mind needs to spend a Saturday in detention, to come of age?