Sunday, June 8, 2008

I am King. I shall lead.

This line is from the 1999 movie "Anna and the King" starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat. The King asks Anna to dance a waltz and she nervously says that she hasn't done this in a while and wouldn't want for them to end up in a heap on the floor. To which he replies regally, "I am King. I shall lead." It's one of the many, many great small parts of a great movie.

It is set in Siam (Thailand) during British colonial influence - roughly in the 1860's. It's very poignant for today's times - with American warships cruising the coast of Myanmar (Burma) wanting to lend and deliver humanitarian aid. I can put myself in their shoes and have an issue with this - given our propensity for democracy by force.

It makes one long for another time in the world.


Debbi said...

I am Queen, I shall follow and suggest and make the King look good....


heh heh heh

Anonymous said...

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Taylor was a Harvard trained brain scientist who suffered a massive stroke. I don't think we'll ever hear a story like this - Taylor understands how the brain functions and she was able to observe her mind deteriorating. She writes about the euphoric nirvana and a sense of complete peace and well-being she discovered in her stroke! She talks about this in her incredible (don't miss it) talk on The book is great too - highly recommended. You'll learn how to 'step to the right of their left brain' to uncover a deep internal peace. Sign me up!