A while ago, my spouse & I, we started watching ‘The Road‘ with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn, remember?) in it.
Apparently the movie is partly based on the novel ‘No Country for Old Men’.
In a grey and grim post-disaster world, a father and a son, are on their way to the coast, continuously in search of food and water, while keeping an eye out for cannibals.
The love between father and son is so strong that it almost becomes tangible.
This same love also gives the father all the strength to fight for his boy, against extreme fatigue, against disease, against arrows, against marauding bands of cannibals.
During their trip, they are being robbed by a black guy, who in fact is rather decent with them. Yet at the very first opportunity to retaliate, they treat the very same black man much more harshly.
Finally, they make it to the ocean, but there the father dies.
And the boy?
The boy is adopted by a couple with a son, a daughter and a dog.
End of story.
The rest is up to you.
So what lessons from this movie did I try to retain in my harebrained thoughts?
- Love gives strength. A lot of strength.
- Human decency is among the first values to go down the drain when survival becomes the primary objective.
- Whom to trust is the one million dollar question.
On this tragic day for Brussels, 03/22/16, the 3rd lesson seems to have become even more important.
Brussels attacks: Zaventem and Maelbeek bombs kill many – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35869254