MCayou By MCayou, 8th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Watching a movie sparks a remembrance sparks deep thoughts spark personal growth.


I admit upfront, this is not a strong piece. Its only redeeming quality is the associated essay.

I watched a movie titled “Admissions” a few nights back. It was the typical rom-com (romantic-comedy), light-hearted in tone and rather inanely predictable in plot, but I was interested in many of the subplots that started me thinking more about the title. I will not summarize or critique the movie here because of the more important thoughts it elicited.

The subplots reminded me of an essay by Stephanie Ericsson - – that tied nicely to the film. After reading the essay, I am certain that you can identify with many of the forms described. The strongest connection to the film for me is the concept that in order to make any progress with a problem or obstacle, we must first acknowledge it – admit that it exists – give it validity. The main plot of the film followed the unlikely misadventures of an admissions officer for Princeton University, hence the title. The real value, though, are the admissions of all of the characters that they have acted in less than honorable ways, not necessarily for personal gain, but for the intended benefit of another.

If we do not or cannot make admissions to ourselves, we cannot move forward or even hope to change for the better. Admission of guilt; admission of failure or defeat; admission of pride or vanity; admission of any sin; the list of admissions each of us can make can get cumbersome, depending on our own level, depth, and breadth of lying to ourselves. These admissions can be painful, difficult, even hurtful to make, especially when they involve others. So if the admission is going to hurt another, do we continue with the lie of omission and carry the burden alone?

Whatever admissions we choose to make, we must first be willing to look into the abyss of the mirror and admit honestly admit what we see looking back – ‘to thine own self be true’ – Shakespeare.


Honesty, Personal Growth, Truth And Lies

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As a retired English teacher, I have much to say on topics from education to psychology to societal influences.

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