THE MAKING OF A VETERAN: A Review Of “LEAVE WITHOUT A TRACE”

“If we don’t need the gory details to tell a story about gore, then maybe we don’t need to accept war as inevitable.” ~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight

“LEAVE WITHOUT A TRACE” A war story-movie about the sacrifices a family makes in real time on the ground, when one is called or decides to serve their country. Based on a novel by Mindy Mejia, the film explores such sacrifice and how it impacts initially and alters forever the family dynamic.

A slow-mover that mesmerizes the viewer, forcing one to sit still the mind as it opens wide the harsh reality of physical and psychological isolation.

Mindy Mejia uses nuance to tell a story of how war leaves an indelible influence on the making of each veteran and how through each person’s uniqueness, that indelible influence unfolds differently.

Trying to heal what can’t be told, the family stumbles, succumbs and rises to a different understatement of who they are, and how to survive the changes that war brought upon them.

Rather than being left with images, facts, and figures from the theatre of the aftermath of war, the viewer takes with them a part of the collective soul of all veterans – the only part common to all – that they will ever allow you to see. Everything else is uniquely private to each individual veteran-family.

Happy Veteran’s Day to all my Veteran-family members!

I am a family-veteran. I became one when I was born into a family who served and became one again each time another family member put on that uniform.

I know what isolation looks and feels like. Over time that place brought me comfort knowing I was surviving something somebody else experienced, which I had no control over.

I believe war is NOT inevitable. Absent war and absent the intentional infliction of harm is a world I aspire to help engineer. Using my own free will and self-control opens the doors that need opening and closes those that need closing.

This is a story about accepting where we are now and working from there to achieve tomorrow.

I know that story.

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight


ART INTERPRETATION

‘Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.’

Interpretation of art operates in the same way.

“It’s not for the artist to interpret the art for those who view it.

When the artist guides the interpretation for the viewer, it corrupts the art.”

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight

A LESSON IN OPPRESSION

“When one work of art is interpreted in the same way by everyone who views it, it’s a lesson in oppression.”

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight






 

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Christian Athetist Jew

War against Christians is coming from non-observant Jews who call themselves atheists. Don’t forget the middle person here. It’s the Jew against the Christian. Atheists don’t care about religion, otherwise they’d be warring against all religions. It’s the Jew component operating here.

Christians need to come out of denial on that issue – especially on Fox News where they often refer to it.

The atheist is the disgruntled Jew who hates Christians.






 

PEACE WITHOUT EXCEPTION ROUTE

We take care of the dead so the dead will take care of us.

We honor the dead so the dead will honor us.

That all cultures do it isn’t proof that it matters or that the dead have any influence, other than the memory of their existence.

War hasn’t ended might be proof that the dead are wanting us to war. Or maybe we’re misinterpreting the dead. Maybe the fact that we war is only proof that we want to war and we want our dead to be on our side so we can win that war.

Just in case, because we don’t really know, we might think to go the peace without exception route – this time, next time too.






 

THE ILLUSION OF PROTECTION

“May the blood of Christ keep me safe for eternal life”. ~ Quote from Pope Benedict 16th – Christmas Eve mass at St. Peter’s Bascilica. 12 -23/24 – 2015.


In other words, may we keep putting our children in front of us, to die for us, in never-ending wars, so we will be safe – forever.

Sacrifice the individual or the many, justifying the ‘means to achieve the end’, which is forever peace that is never achieved. To achieve through scientific research via enslavement, torture and slaughter of those we deem inferior, a longer life for some, are words that Jeremey Bentham and Peter Singer could have written.

And they did, copied them, almost word for word in support of an old Christian ideology, that has no place in the present.

We humans don’t have to worry about what happens to our souls after we die. We need to fix the hell we’ve created right here on earth.

Justifying the deaths of some so that the privileged can live a longer life, doesn’t bring anybody any closer to heaven, or ever-lasting life, via the continuation of the human race, here or any place else.

We’ve been shedding blood all over the planet for thousands of years. You might think by now that we would have gotten the message that it’s not working to achieve anything except more blood-letting.

Shedding somebody else’s blood hasn’t protected anyone from future harm.

Go ahead, smear the blood on your door and see if it keeps the terrorist out. If the terrorist smears the blood on their door is it going to keep you out, if you want to rid the world of evil?

Somebody had to be sacrificed in order to smear the blood on all the doors. Lots of beings had to be sacrificed. Before you know it, everyone will be sacrificed. When and by what method does the destruction end?

One more time, one more bomb, one more person going prematurely to their death to court the favor of their God. It’s getting old and tiresome.

Take all the money spent on weapons and wars and we’ll have the garden earth everybody’s God talked about.

But everybody wants the blood, wants the wars, wants the money made by wars, wants the illusion of protection that the spilling of somebody else’s blood affords them. Nobody has a vision of peace. Everybody accepts that war is inevitable.

War isn’t inevitable, unless we make it inevitable.

One person dying did not change the world for the better. Millions of people dying did not change the world for the better. What changes the world for the better are people working in a non-war capacity, a non-slaughter capacity, to make the world a better place for all beings.

Do you think that if all the vegans in the world became radicalized and decided to rid the world of all animal-abusers, which is practically the entire human race, that the world would be a better place?

Do you really want to rid the world of all life, so the planet can take a million year break and start all over again?