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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by getbent, Oct 17, 2020 at 8:51 PM.
Richard Branson in real life!
Cleavon got to "impress" Lilly von Shtup...
Love Madeline Kahn, RIP. Amazing talent taken too soon.
I'll have to go with a write-in candidate. Lately I've been thinking I should try to emulate Mr. Rogers. (Fred Rogers, not Roy Rogers). Because we desperately need more kindness in the world. (But I will also admit I have a thing for Josey Wales...)
i think the fact a lot of people secretly do half-seriously think of themselves as a romanticized badass from a movie would explain a lot of problems in society.
I've had two people call me Jeremiah Johnson, and I am sort of like that character in many ways ... and about as handsome.
I picked Jeremiah Johnson. If you would have had the Montgomery Clift part in Red River that would have been my choice.
I really believe one of the reasons for such widespread unhappiness and depression is that many people compare themselves with others, and in those comparisons, they never measure up to that perceived ideal. Show business characters are actually bad examples as aspirations for self actualization. They're fictional. Real life is waaaaay different.
But given the list above, I have a lot of respect for the Josey Wales character because he did things based on them being the right thing to do--not because they were easy or for personal gain. The character remained true to his principles throughout, and was unafraid to exercise his humanity despite plenty of reasons not to do so.
I picked Clint because he's the coolest, IMO. But in reality it would probably be Bruce Dern, one of the most under-rated western actors.
Cleavon Little, as sheriff Bart, is the ultimate pragmatist, dancing to his own drummer through a minefield.
Pragmatism is my defining worldview. After "Sequimite" my most common ID is "Pragmatic Idealist." I generally have a signature from William James, who defined American Pragmatism.
I do have some sort of aspirations to heroism, but as you say, not action/ drama/ cowboy movie hero based.
The old Western was a cool romanticized reality where real men were forced into violence by the situation.
Josey is indeed a nice version of that, even IIRC not taking the girl because he wasn't who she thought he was or whatever.
But my point here is that my aspirations are to have the courage to practice kindness in every conflict without fear of being branded as weak or cowardly.
Kindness and decency are my heroic aspirations!
And with good reason.
The Wild West we now face will destroy us all if we fail to stand up and meet it with a brutally courageous true deep heartfelt and rationally crafted display of kindness and decency.
But to a great degree, many men are uncertain of how that would play out, afraid it will make them/ us look weak, and emotionally unprepared to meet aggression with a sort of martial artists restraint.
A quickness to anger is in truth a sign of weakness.
It really is a martial art, gaining full control over our anger response, and cultivating solid deescalation tactics.
Chauncey Gardner in Being There.
That griz still following you?
Slim Pickens in "Doctor Strangelove"
jesus cause he died for us shmucks
George "Gabby" Hayes.
You want to shoot John Wayne in the back. You bastard!
This post ruined the thread for me.
Keith Richards in The Rolling Stones
I reckon I'm pretty happy just being old TD. You can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself.
Charo- on the Johnny Carson show.