Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Grinch In Us

Last Xmas, I spent most of my waking time watching tellies because most Xmas movies always revolve around children and you know - kids say the darndest things and they make a lot of sense than some eligible-for-voting-good-for-nothing adults.

So, I watched "How The Grinch Stole Christmas".

Here's what i learn from The Grinch, Adik Cindy Lou Who and the Whovilles.

Lesson 1

Learning about what actually happens in the past is essential because "if you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday" (Madam Pearl S. Buck).

In today's Malaysia, most real stories are not real anymore for they have been turned into propaganda tools. Most people still couldn't understand why Chin Peng fought against the British. Some may not know that Allahyarham Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Allahyarham Onn Hussein passed on outside UMNO crib. We forget to see why our Chinese and Indian brethren were brought in while we, Malay brethren, continue to make-believe we are still the 'Raja dan Permaisuri semesta alam'. That's the price of being history illiterate. For that, we, the young people must continue out journey to find the truths and put things and people where they should be - in the past and in the future.

Lesson 2

When The Grinch hears the Whovilles singing the carols, he gets really pissed off, started blending nuts and bolts in the food mixer so he won't get to hear the beautiful, cheery carols by those celebrating Whovilles. He then starts to procrastinate why he can't join them in joyful Christmas.

Leaving behind our intelligence and moral-degrading MSM: -

(a) We tend to envy others' happiness (a recent good example would be protests here and there by you-know-who after the court ruling on The Herald's right to use the world "Allah" and I read on AFP that the master-of-you-know-who will appeal against the ruling);

(b) We do not care enough about others because we are just too busy with ourselves - not knowing if these hum drums are simply baseless reasons to not doing anything and if they ever have any purposes in our lives. Sadly, we are just like the rats racing the wheels in our cage, going nowhere with all our beings and resources wasted;

They say "
The best way to get something done is to begin". Let's begin understanding each other better, helping each other out, because we are all humans. For that, "Cubit peha kanan, peha kiri terasa sakit".

Lesson 3

After being humiliated by the Whovilles on the Christmas' eve, The Grinch came up with a sinister plan to stop the Christmas from coming to town. Dressed up as Santa, he steals all the gifts and everything single thing that reminds anyone of Christmas - literally everything. Don't we have too many of the Grinchs dressed in Santa in our Ibu Pertiwi? Ones that give too little and take back too much without us knowing when they ought to be the ones that protect the sanctity of constitution, sanity and security of the people? In the process, they just continue lying to everyone even to our little ones without realising that "the hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff" (Ambrose Bierce). Isn't that sad? May we are smart enough to see the truth in everything that happens around us, stand up for our rights and never ever take what isn't ours.

Lesson 4

After everything Christmasy has been loaded up his makeshift sledge on top of Crumpit Mountain, The Grinch hears a faintly soothing sound from the town below. Shouldn't they be sad now since he took away their Christmas, he feebly thinks. In the worst Christmas the Whovilles ever experienced - thanks to agreeing to Adik Cindy Lou Who words to nominate The Grinch as Cheer Meister - The Grinch has brought the goodness in Whovilles. They realise that Christmas is not about presents and decorations, but about being together. Even The Devilish Grinch realised and for that, his 2-time smaller heart grows 3 times bigger.

"Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart
". Yes, love thy brothers and sisters not for what they have but for love they have. Yes, life is full of ups and downs and what pulls us through is the presence of those people who believe in us. Yes, no one can make us a bad person except ourselves.

This is a beautiful movie that every child should watch and I was actually thinking, with Cheshire cat smile on my face. Mr. Dnightcaller proposed before here that all MPs should take a bus trip from KL to Kuala Selangor for a month, I'd like, gleefully, suggest that they, too, should sit and watch children movies, especially the ones by the genius and humane Dr. Seuss, for a month.

Yes, kids say the darndest things for their heart is pure and their conscience is still crystal clear.

In this movie, you would be delighted by Dr. Seuss' catchy rhymes here...

But what makes me say, "Gee", is this line by The Grinch in the movie, "I must stop this whole thing! Why, for fifty-three years I've put up with it now". It rings a bell or two, don't you think?

Perhaps, we just have to release The Grinch in us...

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