February 27th, 2011:


Let’s pretend the Barbary Pirates avenged the Libyans!


On this day of the Academy Awards here in Los Angeles, my mind leaps to the dramas going on around the world, especially in the Middle East. The Oscars will be presented this evening at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, about a 20-minute drive from my home. But my heart is tugged by my connection to that fascinating faraway country where I spent several pivotal years of my youth, Libya.


As Libyans fight for their respect as human beings and to rid themselves of a madman, I can’t help but think of Shakespeare’s immortal words that best  explain some of life’s contrasts:


“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts.”


Isn’t it time for the main player/villain of the moment to make his exit? I would love to see all Libyans being able to play the parts in life they choose instead of those designated by a dictator who is creating a nightmare, which brings to mind another Shakespearean quote, concerning an idiot (my interpretations, of course):


“And all our yesterdays have lighted fools 
the way to dusty death…Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
 that struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
 and then is heard no more.  It is a tale 
told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”


I found some interesting connections between the Academy Awards for Best Motion Picture and the Libyan tragedy. Wouldn’t it be lovely if Gaddafi’s  self-appointed throne would be destroyed in “127 Hours” or even sooner? If he killed himself (his swan song, so to speak) as in “Black Swan?” I think we will eventually see Gadaffi’s opposition attain the skill and win out as in “The Fighter.”


Are Libyans in a multi-layered violent dream as in “Inception?”  Hopefully, all “The [Libyan] Kids are All Right.” Gadaffi is no George VI, as in “The King’s Speech,” but I would wish him to be silent entirely, not to be plagued with a mere stammer.


“The Social Network” plays a fascinating part in very recent history. Facebook and Twitter were integral players in the success of the Egyptian uprising in Cairo, and are important to Libya’s struggle as well.  The Gadaffi opposition must continue to hold onto their “True Grit” since this uprising is no “Toy Story.”


And the last film, “Winter’s Bone,” lends itself to a slew of comparisons: Gadaffi as a winter’s bone of contention, a bone like a thorn in the side of the Libyan people. Let him become a wintry pile of bones and trouble us no more, etc.


Millions of us living all over our lovely Blue Planet are sending positive loving thoughts to those struggling for a better existence in Libya, and in the entire Middle Eastern world. May blessings rain down upon you and give you peace.


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