Monday, September 18, 2006

A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

I watched the 1966 version of "A Man for All Seasons." over the weekend. First off, what an incredible movie with incredible acting. If this is an accurate portrayal of St. Thomas More's life than St. Thomas live an incredible life and is an inspiration to all. More knew what he believe and why he believed, which seems to contrary with much of out society today who doesn't know what they believe and when they do believe they aren't sure why. It only makes sense that More be a man for all seasons: he was Catholic.

Here are a couple of quotes from the movie. More might as was well be talking about our society today.

"If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that avarice, andger, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little even at the risk of being heroes."

"And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!" -- seems to be speaking against relativism here as well as stating that the end does not justify the means.

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