Another great title, thanks John Malkovich, or whoever decided to make a movie about being you, or at least in your weird head. Sorry if weird is offensive.
That’s kind of the point.
One of my favorite thinkers likes to suggest that before we pass judgment on another, we should take the time to imagine what it’s like to be that person, in that person’s shoes, with the totality of that person’s life experiences (and genetics, I assume), and recognize that if you were that person, you’d do exactly as he or she had done.
It would be really tough being John McCain.
Yes, he was a GOP, a militaristic douchebag. There was nothing else he possibly could have been. He was born into a military family, raised by a military father (probably also a douchebag) and he learned as a child to be obedient, to love his country above all else (I’m assuming here), and to be the honorable man that he was, at least to his own perhaps slightly twisted thinking.
Lots and lots of folks in the USA whose thinking is twisted thusly, go figger.
The other day I listened to a podcast in which said thinker put that line out there, and the Diné woman he was chatting with kind of chuckled and said she didn’t WANT to know, or that she already did, the whites had tried to force “being white” on them for too long, and I kind of grokked that, not from the white/native perspective, of course not, but simply from the perspective of imagining what it is that makes a person do what he or she does.
And in many ways, I agree, wholeheartedly, I don’t want to understand how someone could self-justify murder of faceless children, or genocide, or commit even the bigger self destructive act of cutting down a forest or dumping garbage into the sea, I like my values, don’t want to share those of community killer, or even feel those feelings.
No interest, at all.
However, understanding what made that person who he or she is, the things that might happen to a person during life to make it easy to kill, or hate, or fear, sure, that I’m good with.
Being that guy who dropped out of that plane and broke both his legs and then VOLUNTARILY remained a captive after an offer of release in support of the other prisoners there and underwent physical torture for a few years out of a sense of honor and duty to those other men, well, to me, it might be silly, but that’s just admirable as all get out.
And frankly, being John McCain would’ve been really, really difficult.