“All life is suffering.”
Today I got a head start on OAC English by watching The Grapes of Wrath. They are contending with God, but this force is nameless. The characters must decide if they wish to be victims of circumstance or if they can trust that there is a divine plan at work. This is a drastic change. Life seems entirely unfair. They resist.
These are such compassionate people when they are dealing with each other. They feel powerless because they want so badly to fight this nameless force, but they don’t have the tools; they don’t know how to resist, resulting in anger and hopelessness.
Wait, no… the family in the movie, the Joads, have placed their faith in California, even though that is contrary to reason. Their naiveté inspires pity, and they are honest, which is shocking because honesty is so seldom encountered.
This story inspires guilt in me. Compared with those little ones, I was rich as a child. Those two are so unaware, so innocent. It’s almost as if they don’t understand the concept of money. In that sense, the Joads are all children.