American life = fear and distrust

Last night I saw Bowling for Columbine. I can't believe it took so long for me to see this incredible film! I am very glad I finally saw it. Once again Michael Moore delivered an eye-opening and thought-provoking analisis of a specific chapter in American life. As always, seeing his film inspired me to try and improve social conditions by starting with myself and working to be a better person. Also, as usual, Moore's film inevitably reinforced my resentment and contempt for this screwed up country and the powers the drive it.

In Bowling for Columbine, Moore reviewed the tragic events surrounding the massacre-suicide that took place in 1999 at Columbine High School in Colorado. He then went on to illustrate how this event is a microcosmic reflection of the American ideologue in its entirety. The point of this documentary is to demonstrate how Americans are raised and nurtured in fear and distrust. The film explores this in-grained fearfulness and reveals a social infrastructure that breeds violence, paranoia and suspicion amongst American people. Viewers also see how our situation provides vast opportunities for political dominance and the success of businesses that capitalise on fear.

There is a fundamental difference in America that results in 11,700+ gun-related deaths annually as compared to a yearly average of less than 100 in most other industrialised nations. As Michael Moore points out, this cannot be attributed merely to this country's bloody past or easy access to firearms. The root cause of this disturbing social phenomenon is the uniquely-dark and corrupt way that Americans are raised, educated and governed. I really believe that the concepts communicated in this film should be the foundation from which we all approach our understanding of political process, news media and social practice.

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