Movie Quote Thursday – Can’t We All Just Get Along
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who told me a story about losing a friend over a comment she had made on a social media site. The comment was an innocuous enough thought on a general topic to have expected no kickback, but once delivered, her friend took such harsh and immediate offense to it that she lashed back with a personal attack and then promptly and without reservation shredded their entire relationship.
Seems we’re living in a time right now when people are immune to the condition formerly known as brotherly love. There are a lot of surgeons running around in the media, all over social media, and throughout the public arena right now who wield a scalpel made of political correctness in one hand, and one made of rancor and coldness in the other, and they’re posed at the ready to use either one. With a swipe of the one blade they’ll cut you if you don’t say or think exactly the right thing about what a group of people determine you should say or think about something or someone – in other words if you are not seen as politically correct – but they’ll just as quickly cut you with the other by making what you say or think about something a unique and singular personal attack on them.
Maybe there’s still too much dust in the air from all the recent viciousness and brutish behavior in the world of politics and beyond, but when it does settle, I hope people put down the scalpels and allow civility, respectful debate, and amity to become their weapons of choice.
With those thoughts in mind, here are a few movie quotes that come to mind:
“Why can’t we all just get along?” Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks
“Manners maketh man.” Colin Firth in Kingsmen: The Secret Service
“I’m a person people.” Kristen Wiig in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues