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 Jim Stark:   If I had one day when I didn't have to be all confused and I didn't have to feel that I was ashamed of everything. If I felt that I belonged someplace. You know?

First of all, if you have never seen James Dean and Natalie Wood in Rebel Without A Cause - shame on you!   If you've ever wondered what the fuss about James Dean is all about; just watch it and tell me you can ignore his magnetism on the screen.  Go ahead, lie to me.

Their performances aside, it is the classic exploration of teen angst; but done right.  No sparklie vampires or mean girls dress code here.   The eternal quest of teenagers to find their place in the world.   Jim Stark just wants to be part of a normal, functioning family.   Judy is looking for a love that she never thinks she will find.   Mostly because her blossoming sexuality is just too much, too dangerous a thing for a father to handle.   The local hoodlums get her though.

Ah, the adventures of troubled youths.   Rebels in search of a cause worth fighting for?
Naturally, in contrast are their parents; who have long forgotten that once upon a time they too were searching for a purpose and a place in the world.   And if they cannot find what they are looking for in one location, well they will just pack up and move to another place.   Perhaps that will fix their son's unexplainable behaviour.  Or, misbehaviour.

It's a great movie.  And it shows us that sometimes what looks like "rebelling:" actually might just be self discovery.    And woe unto you parents who blame their teenagers for the family's problems.
The film is powerful and ground breaking; and continues to capture the enduring emotions of a generations' angst.   It also adds to the mystique that several of it's main actors, including Dean and Wood, all died tragically - and young.

Time out for Mom

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Rebel Without A Cause.    
Are you a Rebel, or a by-the-book kinda person? 

Now James Dean is my kind of rebel.    Fast cars aside, as I do not really feel the need for speed.
Rather, I refer to that act of rebellion leading to a higher evolved state, or greater truth about yourself; the world, and your place within it.

And not just for rebellions sake.    I was certainly not just defiant because I did not like authority.

I never felt the need to break rules, simply because I did not like them.  Or to give my mother a headache.  I understood that most rules were boundaries set for my own good, or safety.    That was good enough for me at the time.   But that doesn't mean I blindly followed everything I was told to do.   I definitely questioned those that seemed unjust, unfair.... or just plain unreasonable.

I definitely march to my own drummer some times.   But I think we all have that need to hang onto what is unique about ourselves.  To go our own way, and live our own vision.   That doesn't necessarily make us "rebels."  

By definition:

1.  a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country.
2.  a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.
3.   rebellious; defiant.
4.  of or relating to rebels.

Okay, soooo .... no worries Mr Prime Minister!   I have no immediate or future plans to rise up against the Government.    I mean, geez... I'm Canadian and that's just not nice at all.   :)

Neither do I resist authority or tradition.   In fact, in general I love tradition, and since I am a parent, I think authority is a pretty darn good thing too.   From my side at least.

But um yeah -- you might run into some difficulty if you attempt to control me.  That's probably not going to end well for you.   Especially since I am a Taurus.   Also, Irish.     You'll probably hear a good ole Rebel Yell from me in that case.

I think we can distinguish between those that rebel against a government, or institution in circumstances where they feel their rights are being abused/violated, and are seeking independence.   I assume we can agree that is in fact rebelling for a cause.

When we are being controlled, or trapped, it is human nature to fight back and demonstrate that we are unwilling to accept such treatment.  We will fight for our right.

Perhaps the difference rest in the CAUSE itself.    If you are fighting for your right to party?   That's probably not on par with those who are say rebelling against long established tyranny; or a psychotic, ruthless dictator.

Although I do like your party anthem.

Anytime you fight for change that results in a better world - a better future; then you are a rebel with a cause.    And hopefully you fight the good fight.

The key is to ask yourself:   Am I simply rebelling in order to achieve the power I feel I am entitled to?   Or is their a greater goal in mind that I seek?

Other than that, I think a little rebellion now and then, can be a good thing.  

"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical....It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."-- Thomas Jefferson to James Madison (Jan. 30, 1787)

 Next Week:   I am so done with Winter!!!  Show me your Spring.   Please be advised: I still got snow.

Unleash your Random!!

Stacy Uncorked

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Leslie Botchar, aka "RoryBore", is a SAHM enjoying life one day - and one cup of coffee - at at time.
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