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Having The Normal Heart

A Brief Description

The most poignant movie I have watched goes to The Normal Heart. Let’s forget the star studded cast and the kind of acting that follows such a cast. Let’s, instead, focus on how subjective we are to perception. But first, just in case you were wondering what kind of movie it is, here is what Rotten Tomatoes, where it has garnered a 94% rating, has to say:

Thanks to Emmy-worthy performances from a reputable cast, The Normal Heart is not only a powerful, heartbreaking drama, but also a vital document of events leading up to and through the early AIDS crisis.

It goes on to describe it as:

[A] drama [that] tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

Crying Like a Baby
I used to see being objective as a somewhat superior place to be – the way to look at the world. Subjective lots were weak, by their very nature, nothing good could come from their “biased” way of thinking. It took me crying like a baby, while watching this movie, to realize the twisted nature of my definition of what it means to be subjective.

A beauty lies in the subjective nature of human beings. It’s hard to name this beauty. The closest I can come to labeling it is what is called empathy (feeling the emotions of another just by observing them). Acknowledging this very human inclination allows for holistic perception of things (an area I feel I need to improvement). How things connect, how what I do can bring about cascading effects that can affect others. It’s not healthy to negate one for the other, that is, to count being objective as superior to being subjective (or vice versa).

In one way or another we are all impressionable and may not realise how impressions lefts upon us bleeds into the choices we make.

I’m subject to my emotions. Its sad to think that it took the involuntary jerking of my diaphragm accompanied by the flowing of water from eyes as a result of observing moving pictures to bring this realisation. But it is what is. Now I see the value of having a heart and acknowledging that I have one.

Have a fantastic weekend
Add watching this beautiful movie to your list of things to do this weekend. You’ll be glad. Forget those clammy cinemas (just for this weekend). I recommend watching it with your significant other (or that hot bobo that you’ve been eyeing). Snuggle up tight to him (or her). Keep disposable tissue close by. And remember to come back and lemme know what you think of this movie in the comments.


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