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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.

6.24.2007

Fluffy movie; deep question

I watched a cute and fluffy movie last night called "Ginger and cinnamon." It's an italian film about an "older woman" (who apparently was 30 - but looks like an older Clare Danes, and is made out to be ancient by everone in the film) who breaks up with her long-time boyfriend, and then goes on a vacation to Greece with her hormonal 14/15-year-old niece.

One of the main plot points (don't worry, if you watch it, it won't give anything away) is that the niece unknowingly meets up with (and falls for) the aunt's ex. She has no idea who he is, and gets him to talk about his ex (not knowing it is actually her aunt). She and her aunt talk about this mysterious ex, and form very negative opinions of her.

Later when the aunt realizes that she is the ex, she is astounded at how she perceived herself - and how others perceive her. She notes that it is a bit disconcerting to have a certain view of yourself all of your life, only to find that others have a very different opinion. She then asks who she is: is she who she feels she is? Or is she who others see her as? She knows her own intentions - and that they are fairly good intentions - but others only see the actions and behaviors. Which is the real her?

I don't have time to talk about this as I've got to rush off to work - so I am curious as to others' views. Are you who *you* think you are - or who *others* think you are? Clearly the real answer is a mix of both - but what if those disparate views are diametrically opposed?

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