If you can't dance a step, you can't teach it
Had an amazing dream last night, and a lot of things really became clear. Sometimes I really loathe my subconscious, but other times it sifts through the detritus and comes up with an amazing metaphor. So, I'm going to drift wildly off topic, toss in a film that I don't think a lot of people have seen or remember and have a little fun, because lord knows we can use it.
This divide in the political party of the Democrats is nearly identical to the plot of the 1992 Australian film Strictly Ballroom.
It's a classic story. Underdog challenges the establishment. No real surprise there. The big thing about that film is how petty and obvious the establishment is about rigging things, behaving idiotically and generally acting like the slime everybody knows they are, but THINKS they have no option to avoid. It all comes down in the end to what people are willing to do for money. The dancers are so obsessed with losing out on the money they would get from instruction that they fail to see the bigger picture of an enjoyable and unique subculture crumbling under an obsession with the traditions and dogma of the past. In a way it isn't even the true embrace of the past. It's a mockery that looks completely ridiculous when compared with the real thing.
I don't even think I need to point out the parallels. On the internet, on the campaign trail, pretty much everywhere. We've got people who are doing things just because it is the WAY things have always been done. Changing things up is taking a risk. Can't do that. Must do things the way they need to be. Stay the course, vote for who we say, etc... etc...
So, I'm going to just point out the main point of the film, one that I adore and really drives home a great message.
Vivir con miedo, es como vivir a medias!
Or, A life Lived in Fear, is a Life Half Lived