Melanie is doing something different this week and, apparently, for the next few weeks. She is sharing her Share Your World prompt with another blogger, Roger Shipp. Melanie explained that Roger will be posting movie-related questions. This week’s movie questions are from the Harry Potter film, “The Sorcerer’s Stone.”
I may be the only person on the planet Earth who never got into the whole Harry Potter thing. I did, as an accommodation to my kids, read the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. That’s the one where we first find young Harry living underneath the stairs. Much to the dismay of my kids, my reaction to the book was “meh.” As a further accommodation to my kids, because I’m such a good dad, I agreed to go see the first Harry Potter movie with them when it came out. My reaction to the movie was also “meh.”
I have since not read another Harry Potter book or seen another Harry Potter movie. So, since I really don’t know much about the books or movies or their characters or plots, other than they involve some sort of wizardry, I’m going to pass on Roger’s questions and go right to what Melanie calls her regular or traditional questions.
Would you rather live 120 years that are comfortable but boring, or live half as long, but have an exciting, adventure-packed life?
If I chose “the live half as long” as 120 years, I’d be dead by now, so the question is moot, right? That said, I don’t think life throws this kind of “either or” scenario at us. I think we can live a comfortable, albeit at times, boring life and truly enjoy it, while occasionally having some exciting, adventure-packed experiences. Right now, however, I’m quite content with the comfortable but boring life style.
What’s something that overwhelms you?
I’m not sure I would use the word “overwhelms,” in the sense that it overpowers or devastates me, or makes me unable to function, but do I seem to be a little too obsessed, perhaps, with Donald Trump and what he’s done and continues to do to destroy our democratic republic. And yes, at times, I do feel that it can be overwhelming.
What do or did you take for granted?
My answer is related to the one above. I did take for granted the rule of law in the United States, the importance of political “norms,” and perhaps naively, the indestructibility of our American democracy from within. Trump and his Republican enablers have demonstrated over the past four years just how fragile it is. If it’s not too late to save it, I will never take it for granted again.