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Story Teller

March 16, 2010

Last night we watched The Informant with Matt Damon. The short review of the movie is: It was a brilliant depiction of the a FBI investigation into a price fixing scheme with a man named Mark Whitacre as their star witness. Mark was a VP in his company… the company who was being investigated.

I thought the movie was great, and aside from a few words that Christians use substitute words for, it was very “clean.”

But more than a great movie it gave you an interesting perspective in how people love attention and will do almost anything to continue to have it. Around the globe and maybe more so in America there is a longing to be known. We all fall into it at some point in our lives. I fall into this want even with this blog. We were made to need affection.

It has been proven somewhere in some research out there that we need acceptance in our lives to survive. I think we all know that. But what bothers me and maybe it might bother you is why people tell stories, make things up or act out to get attention.

If its acceptance that people want, then why do so many people tell lies to gain that attention? Why do we have so many people acting out of line in society to get attention? Why do I do this at times? Why do you do it?

In the movie Matt Damon’s character Mark Whitacre makes up many lies about the company and himself. Why? All for the attention and approval of man.

So I am asking myself today…

What am I doing to gain acceptance? And is it healthy or unhealthy?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2010 9:38 pm

    Hey, just watched the Informant the other day myself. It was one of those movies that I didn’t really enjoy watching while watching, but after it was done, I ended up thinking, “Wow, that was a great movie”

    Ok Ebert review done, good catch about the approval of man. I hadn’t thought of it that way. Now that I think more of it, I totally get that perspective now. Good call.

  2. Diane Luff permalink
    March 17, 2010 5:33 am

    Maybe people tell lies because they think others will find the truth boring.
    I think we were made to want love–unconditional love–not just affection or acceptance. And, of course, we, as Christians, know (or ought to know) that the only one who gives unconditional love is Jesus!

  3. Benjamin Davis permalink*
    March 17, 2010 2:04 pm

    Brett, I am glad you saw the perspective. I used to think watching movies and seeing more of what they were really saying was dumb. But a friend of mine encouraged me to watch the world view or deeper things that movies portray.

    Thanks for reading bro.

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