Following the Good Rabbit

The Trail of Tears and the Forced Relocation of the Cherokee Nation  (Teaching with Historic Places) (U.S. National Park Service)

                This will be short and to the point.  I’ve referenced Pinocchio before.  There’s a very important message there, and I wonder how much Walt Disney knew how hard he hit the nail on the head. 

                In the movie, Pinocchio, in not following the words of his “maker,” the clock maker, and his conscience (Jiminey Cricket), who wanted the best for him, he found himself with a lot of other kids/teens that were rebelling against what they also knew was right.  And as they listened to the wrong voices, the wrong “influences”, it became more difficult to do what was right.  They were “becoming” part of a different life.  A wrong life.   

                In the movie, something I didn’t catch in my youth (I wished I had.), these kids/teens were turning into donkeys.  The more lost they became, the less they could talk, and probably, understand.  There’s another term, and it starts with Jack…, but I don’t want to distract.  But that was the point.  They were travelling the road of destruction.  And that, I believe, was the message Walt Disney shared.

                It’s kind of like this, as I understand.  It’s where your heart is.  It’s a daily walk.  What choice do you make, daily?  Is having a nice car more important than honesty with your family?  Is having more, even top quality health insurance, more important than telling the truth?  It’s a choice.  All of life is.  Daily.  And with most, perhaps all, prayer.  I believe, prayer is part of the road.  But that is for each person to discover.  I am just one person.          

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