Love is symbolic for families who carry the ability to gain strength, humbleness and patience to care for one another and to ensure that it passes from one generation to the next.
Loving our families come second in line. First comes God who placed us onto this beautiful planet filled with animals, fresh green grass with large tree trunks surrounding the beautiful nature in the hills and mountains along with immoral sinning.
What does love and sinning have to do with the title above? The title refers to a 2010 TV film based upon the couple, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Wilson who were founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book and film dives into the toll it took upon the married couple before finding the strength to stand up against why and how drinking can drive your marriage on the brink of divorce.
Loving the people who are drinking themselves to death is not the way to stop them from affecting their health and relationship with you. Effective communication with our Heavenly Father, family, friends and loved ones will be the best way to go about helping them overcome their drinking habits. But they must also be willing to see the error in their ways and change what they believed was right, wrong. Set a positive example of how drinking heavily can affect your overall health and the relationships you once had with your loved ones can change forever.
“The Green Mile” is a film about Paul Edgecomb describing events to his friend, Elaine at the nursing home in regards to something that would unknowingly change his life forever. During the Great Depression era, he supervised E-Block at the Tennessee State Prison where the death penalty was held and soon met a kind inmate named John Coffey, a healer from God who can separate the good vs evil but died on death row due to being falsely accused of rape and murder, without hinting to the parents of the twin girls that the actual murderer was Wild Bill.
In general, this film was phenomenal. From acting to song choices and emotional dialogue, “The Green Mile” captivates the reality of life being intolerant to innocent individuals who died on death row. Not to mention but the speech from Mr. Edgecomb after Elaine’s funeral where he specifically states that we all owe a death one day.
While the film added raw emotion to it, there is one small criticism which can be bothersome to some southerners although it’s not a big issue. Despite the southern atmosphere, the country bumpkin accents were horrendous. It sounded as if the actors traveled down to Tennessee and North Carolina for the first time and never listened to how locals speak. Speaking to locals and living down in the southeastern United States for a while can help your accent improve tremendously along with a speech coach.
In conclusion, the younger generations to come should watch this film because it will show them how life does have its injustice but you can rise above those unfair situations and realize we all have our own green mile to walk until we depart from this world. As Sally Fields character said in Forrest Gump, “we must do the best with what God gave us.” In other words, no matter where our lives lead to, he will be right there with us while walking down our own green mile. The messages we learn from this film can be applied to in reality.
From what I’ve gathered in the three Shiloh movies, it is not only kindness you have to show towards your neighbor who’s abusive, but rather work on the most important aspect of helping this person find peace and forgiveness. In other words, don’t sit back and expect to change the person overnight. Guide them from appearing out of the darkness and show them the beauty of life and how animals (especially dogs) should receive love and affection. Here are some life lessons that we all can take from these three fantastic Shiloh movies:
- Do unto others as they would have undo to you. Treat people with respect and they will do the same back.
- Recognize that respect, though, is a two-way street. You can’t get anywhere unless you shower that person with kindness, patience and forgiveness. Eventually, they will wake-up and do the same for you.
- As Rod Steiger’s character says, “Try harder.” Take a look at his character and analyze what he meant in the first two movies. What was his purpose in the first two films? His purpose was to guide Marty in the right direction and teach him that even though we can’t have someone else answer our questions, try harder to dig for the truth and do everything you can to help someone see the light.