Good December evening, dear reader:
In the previous entry I mentioned casting Clint Eastwood as a fraudulent, cigar smoking, Jesus. I was referring to one of Mr Eastwood’s lesser praised works, White Hunter, Black Heart. Your homework, if it be possible, is to rent the film and watch it a few times, and see what kind of conclusions you may come to about the film and its spiritual ramifications.
I once discussed the film at www.clinteastwood.net with some fans and moderators, and was subsequently banned for being a racist. It was an interesting conversation up until that point, and I saved my replies to disc. I’m presenting them here for your interest sake and must, due to the fact that I do not have any way of gaining the other members permission, unfortunately omit their replies. So if it seems to lack congruity, that is the reason.
Please excuse the mess.
"I can see why I was so wrong about its true meaning when I first watched this film and why so many have gained the wrong understanding, because it’s not so much that I was wrong as that I misunderstood.
The Eastwood character portrays what happens when one becomes delusional and prideful in sin and debauchery. Throughout the film, he is sucking on a cigar and boasting of anything but that which is right and true.
John Huston was rapidly burning out, not standing strong and firm. He is a man in rapid decline, and doesn’t even have the heart to save himself, never mind another. He can’t even kill a beast.
He defends the heathen not so much as to lift the heathen, but so as to join him.
He bonds with the unworthy, ignorant and filthy not so as to make them clean or raise them up, but so as to lead them to and then wallow in the mire with them.
The woman at the dinner party, was proud of no more than being an upper-class citizen of her race and nationality, which is a right and proper pride. She does not condemn all Jews, and makes a point of stating that there were upper-class Jews worthy of respect. She does seem to realize that she may have been in error leading her listeners to believe she was generalizing or stereo-typing all Jews. But Huston never gives her the chance to speak again. She condemns "kikes," as it were, and those involved with bringing shame upon their own people, which is what happens to Jews or anyone when they "fall." And yet, she never stoops to insult or outright calling all Jews "kikes."
As it is with most tribe, nation, race, what have you; a very small minority of each, makes the whole worthy…and sometimes, there is not but one individual in the entire Creation who makes any worthy, in G-d’s estimation of Us, at His rate, which Caesar could never afford no matter how many rendered unto him his due.
Huston’s companion is actually proud of being a "kike." And encourages Huston to defend "niggers" and "kikes" rather than blacks and jews.
The racist woman is the one mistreated and insulted, as "the ugliest bitch" for being somewhat stupidly honest. No doubt she was just repeating a familial opinion.
Huston thought nothing of kikes or niggers. He only cared about his own flamboyant ego and delusional, noxious presentation of himself. He is a product of fear. We are watching a man who understood everything backwards and wrong. Much or most of society thinks this way, and it’s an abomination and blasphemous.
He was the "yellow" coward. Even in the fight which he calls for, which his opponent tries to back out of for Huston’s sake, so as not to embarrass Huston. Huston starts the fight, takes two cheap shots when his opponent isn’t looking, and having his arms still entangled while removing his coat to begin with, follows with a barrage of punches that fail to overcome his adversary. He fights dirty and blind sides the gentleman. His opponent turns the tables and does what he must, knocks out his inferior, not so much because he considers him his inferior, but because Huston is being inferior and meretricious.
The Master of the property, has a right and good opinion of his servants. "Black bastards" was precisely what they were. He does not insult them, by calling them "niggers" as Huston does. And, as I stated, the lady at the dinner table, did not call all Jews, "kikes." The kike at the table with them, calls himself a kike, which is what he was and proud of.
The point I got is that this "hunter" was being stalked by the very Creature/Beast he had supposedly come to Africa to shoot, which he finally figures out at the end, when he is unable to kill the Creature which means him no harm, his guide throws himself upon the Great Creature’s Tusks, in an act of self-sacrifice and a nobility and understanding that Huston never could have understood, because he was not a "black bastard," he was a white bastard.
He returns to the filming troupe a defeated man, but his will is enlightened by what has just transpired. He is at long last awakened to the Truth around him and within him.
"You were right, Pete, the ending is all wrong."
At last, at the very end, a fallen man, understands his folly and at the last, when he is completely defeated, he becomes a Director and Man, with the will and knowledge to complete his film, and say "action," which is precisely how the film ends.
It all came down to the "hunger and thirst" within him.
Mat 5:6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Some reviews: "John Huston, "a bluff and boisterous Hollywood bad boy who charmed his way through a rough-and-tumble life of great films and unstable living."
"Viertel’s portrait of Huston isn’t very flattering. Huston was as well known for his gambling debts, wild living and crazy habits as he was for the frequent great movies he made; even when they weren’t successful, pictures like We Were Strangers are fascinating. His films were always offbeat, and included flops like Treasure of the Sierra Madre that took years to be considered great classics. Restless, unfulfilled, the big and brawny Huston was a writing wonder child from a show-biz family. He probably bulled his way into directing by sheer force of personality, and then showed an uncommon talent. Viertel, who was present during the African shoot, makes a case for Huston’s mania as an Ernest Hemingway obsession. Wilson/Huston thrives on confrontations, worries not one whit about offending people, picks arguments and alienates friends. When he challenges a racist hotelier to a fight, or nails an anti-Semitic ass of an Englishwoman with her own words, he’s not defending any principles, just spoiling for a fight. He also seeks a personal moment of truth with Death, hoping that by emulating some fanciful Hemingway hero, he’ll find himself."
John Huston was NOT a man of strong ideals. He was a braggart, a very "weak" man, given over to all manner of sin and debauchery and a HUGE hypocrite in his own right it seems…
The praise one might stoop to give him? He wanted to be a "shallow and selfish phony" but couldn’t pull it off…He had a heart after all, but it was marred by sins.
And by no means did he, "bond with the Zimbabwean natives…" He was no hero. He was drunk and spoiling for a fight, plain and simple. His judgment was skewed by alcohol and his sycophant "friend," who happened to be a "kike."
Huston possessed no strength of character. I don’t know where you dreamt this character up. This film was based on fact and Huston was a louse with an unhealthy appetite and a genius unrealized…Until Eastwood, whose genius is still undiscovered by many, it seems.
You are right about the woman calling Jews kikes, but then she’s led into this trespass by her dinner guests. It was their snakish weakness of character that weakened her for a moment, and these "gentlemen" seized the opportunity to go in for the kill and trample her pride in the dust. It was they who possessed little understanding, compassion or patience…She was not unwilling to be "corrected," she was simply mistaken and out of her "territory." She was frightened, if anything by what she was not and could not be a part of…They did not help her realize anything. They hurt her, and thought themselves better than her for doing so…Blasphemous hatred…Her soul was not ugly. It was beautiful and Huston marred it with insult and lack of compassion.
If anyone was racist it was Huston and "Verrill." But their mistake is the same as yours. They failed to see the real enemy of all races and peoples….Sin. Which is precisely why Huston possessed no "inner-strength." He was full of crap and everyone knew it, even he, but to admit it was something he may have missed the opportunity to do, such a realization opens up a channel of communication with your Creator and is the beginning of personal atonement. That is what he finally comes to realize….White Hunter, Black Heart.
Killing the elephant may have been the right thing to do. It would have been an act of mercy. But Huston could not find the strength and compassion to do so…and maybe this was a saving grace of his own…he was being led into killing something and this action might have damned him. It was not his beast to kill. He was walking into a trap…Kivu was no "great man." He was a clever "black bastard." Who, because he failed to bring a victim to kill the elephant, must sacrifice himself for the tribe he belonged to. At least this is what I surmise.
You stating the beast was stronger than "Wilson" ever would be is the most absurdly ignorant thing I’ve ever heard a person say.
The Kivu character sacrificed himself to the beast not to protect Huston but because he had failed to bring a hunter to kill the beast. The beast or his tribe would demand his life one way or another.
The whites Huston attacks and maligns are the reason Africa has slowly but surely been able to come out of the darkness that was Africa and into the Light of civilization and become a somewhat Judeo-Christian affected nation…
Jews and blacks experience fantastic solidarity and national pride, coupled with hatred for outsiders, it’s what keeps them strong in a world that is full of racism. To stoop to degrading yourself to defend someone else who is honestly being helped by another, such as the blacks who gained by the relationship with "Harry," is traitorous and ignorant.
Why is it, Jews and blacks, native americans, etc., can experience national pride and, speak out against upper class whites and claim to be victims of widespread conspiracy and victimization and yet not be condemned as racist?
I’ll tell you why: They possess an honest and healthy racism that is one of the reasons they, on the one hand, have survived and become such a world power, and on the same have slowly crept out of the "Bottomless Pit."
And thanks to their cleverness, if a member of another race and nationality realizes a healthy pride of nation and racism, he is condemned as an anti-semite or worse. Cleverness damns…This is why people of color, etc. are slowly creeping back into the bottomless pit, from whence they shall not return. They have a chance in Christ. Outside of, they may as well be hunted and slaughtered.
As for Hitler being bent on the annihilation of all Jews, a common misconception, you know not what you speak about. Hitler was not an anti-Semite, nor was he the reason for the holocaust, but I don’t want to discuss that here. Let’s stick to the film…
This is when I was effectually banned from the site…
Let me think out of left-field for a few…
Adonai to-day, HaShem Tomorrow.
The Adonai must always lead G-d. That’s just the Way It is, and It cannot be otherwise. When a disciple tries to force the Way, he meets with nothing but an endless number of obstacles. This is what a Crusader knows. He must wait on the Adonai to act before his HaShem can do battle and overcome a potential adversary or convert a heathen. When something unexpected arises in his Adonai, his HaShem is often confounded and it’s "back to the drawing board." It was satan who wished the HaShem to lead, which mars the HaShem and destroys the relationship between Creator and Created.
Such devotion takes a very peculiar sense of nobility and a patience unearthly. Such was found by G-d in His people, the Jews of Abraham. Such has been realized by many other nations and peoples, which was in essence, the beginning of their conversion to Judaism.
But many started their own religion based upon their own traditions, which is what ruined Judaism for Jews and marred the Covenant.
This is what I mean. What do we mean when we say we are Roman Catholic, or Jewish, or Hindu, or Buddhist or Whatever? If there is no practicing of what we claim or preach, then we ought not to share what we believe or claim we are or where we come from. Most people nowadays have an offhanded, sentimental connection to whatever religion they claim, and such a totally arrogant and blasphemously beastly arrangement ought to be repented of and atoned for with the blood of the offender.
Let us cut all ties, and be born anew as we are, whatever it is we feel ourselves to be in this moment and the next. This may keep us from becoming both the American Idiot, and the backsliding heifer of old Israel.
Jesus died to give new life and renewal of all things, including the Covenant made at the foundation of the world, to be kept new and alive by keeping the Law and Testimony pure and carrying out its commandments in a manner of holiness, the only acceptable manner of doing so. This new reality, though born in an instant took ages to transpire and come to fulfillment, yet no one in Him wept for the lost or the lonely, for they were the true deceivers and enemy. But of course, the world being as eternally configured as the Word is opposed and contradictory to the same, the enemy is ever with us and opposing its opposition, G-d, and frequently itself as well. Yet the entire Creation, above and beneath and round about, all are under the Law from beginning to end. There is no escaping in denial or otherwise. It is plain for all, there is only obedience and transgression. Liberty in obedience being Optimal and glorious. Freedom in transgression being less desirable and more difficult to sustain and produce redeeming fruits and comfortable living quality in. What our freedom must be about is ever working to make possible the return to Israel and G-d. This is impossible work when we are lead by people who do not realize this immutable truth in their own minds, wills and day to day deeds. Led by Christ, it becometh a graceful dance. Led by compromising, disobedient rabble-rousers, it becometh very messy and requires much violence to convenience. The Christ being something one is aware of and carries with them through any reality and duty, It becometh a burden in transgressive survival. The end thereof is a Christ, L-rd and Master who is not your friend, and His doctrine not one of love one another, but, be wary and frequently hate thy neighbor and self. He is still, yet and forever going to be with you but G-d cannot embrace you when you do not wish to be embraceable. This manifests a leader of little popularity but life or death necessity whose command and last resort to a sinful nation is: Since you refuse to do as I do, you must do as I say. And though Liberty is forever alive and manifest in Him, our freedom is slowly but surely denied us until at last, we find ourselves in slavery proper. And though He who reigns over us would never desire the least of His children to be so, Justice demands and Mercy cannot find that which denieth Him and His Way.
This is when the world invites any and all delusional tasks and taskmasters, rather than face themselves or G-d or His servants in the world, who are having trouble dealing with being in the world, trying to find the peace and space in which to receive and translate His Will and Plan of Salvation to an unbelieving, completely disobedient and erring generation, who oftentimes know themselves to be worthy of Liberty but do not realize why it is denied them in the Land of the Free in so many ways. Love and Grace yet covereth all. G-d resideth in a place that no man may enter into while in the flesh. Communion with Him is an impossibility while in the world, in the flesh. One must come out of her to even begin to know Him. Otherwise, you’re a hypocrite, and ignorance is a hateful thing to try and justify.
Such is the conclusion of Jesus’ Ministry in the hands of mortal man, on all fronts-Failure and fellowship in defilement, which is none other than Lawless Judaism, which quickly becomes gluttonous satanism-Torah of Gomorrah, which turns about and condemns Faithful Jews and others as the synagogue of satan, which is when the priesthood starts ousting members who speak and share the Truth at their own expense, rather than for their own gain or for that of the Church and congregation.
Hello, and welcome to the wonderful world of morons, psychopaths and mental defectives…
Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He did not die to save sinners. He was raised to Life from the dead to justify the Righteous, and yes, save to the uttermost, but none but the penitent will be saved. Jesus died to define the Truth about G-d. Men of the world have used this Truth to conquer the world. But Jesus did not come to conquer but to save and open a Way everlasting unto all of mankind, until the very Last Day. He loved people as G-d does and wanted to show them they were being taken for a ride by the powers that be. He also revealed the fact that it doesn’t matter what the world would have or ask of you. Everything you will ever have is right inside you.
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
People are naturally upset when they realize the god within them has been taken for granted and wasted upon fruitless endeavors and Death. What He offers us when we’re in the bitter gall of sin and death, doesn’t make things right for us. So, we go to war or whatever and makes things worse trying to come out even somehow.
Jesus walked the line and thus "survived" His crucifixion. He walked it with every fiber of His Being, pouring Himself out to the very last. Becoming desensitized by people’s hatred for Him and His Message. He became the Son of G-d because He is the Only One who ever fulfilled the Torah and opened the Way and that is what matters to G-d.
Pro 12:12 ¶ The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].
America seems no longer willing to accept right and due correction or guidance from the Creator of the Universe. She seems averse to wisdom and the proper apportionment of appropriate providence.
D&C 88: 33-50 For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift. And again, verily I say unto you, that which is governed by law is also preserved by law and perfected and sanctified by the same. That which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to abide in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice, nor judgment. Therefore, they must remain filthy still. All kingdoms have a law given; And there are many kingdoms; for there is no space in the which there is no kingdom; and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, either a greater or a lesser kingdom. And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions. All beings who abide not in those conditions are not justified. For intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own; justice continueth its course and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things. He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever. And again, verily I say unto you, he hath given a law unto all things, by which they move in their times and their seasons; And their courses are fixed, even the courses of the heavens and the earth, which comprehend the earth and all the planets. And they give light to each other in their times and in their seasons, in their minutes, in their hours, in their days, in their weeks, in their months, in their years—all these are one year with God, but not with man. The earth rolls upon her wings, and the sun giveth his light by day, and the moon giveth her light by night, and the stars also give their light, as they roll upon their wings in their glory, in the midst of the power of God. Unto what shall I liken these kingdoms, that ye may understand? Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power. I say unto you, he hath seen him; nevertheless, he who came unto his own was not comprehended. The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not; nevertheless, the day shall come when you shall comprehend even God, being quickened in him and by him. Then shall ye know that ye have seen me, that I am, and that I am the true light that is in you, and that you are in me; otherwise ye could not abound.
Back East of the Wood…Choosing to be "human" is a selfish choice that permits one to opt for sin and find solace in shared misery. Such destroys the will of many and encourages few.
I relate very well to the character portrayed by Eastwood in the film White Hunter, Black Heart. Because I experienced the same sort of drama in my own life due to sin.
Popularized history has a way of fictionalizing facts and making heroes out of criminals. Hollywood usually worsens this trespass and it becomes difficult for audiences to experience Truth, unless through some cleverly woven web within a web, unto the eventual magnification of something more than plain Truth may exhibit.
Lady Liberty has often gone to great lengths to save people’s dignity in a state where they deserve none. It is a merciful act of lawlessness, but lawless nonetheless. The Law is hard on sinners, and the manipulation of the Christ to get away with sin and murder are as lawless as you can get.
Using a personal example is a must, and I was an abomination in my own estimation, which is a very difficult thing to deal with and feel. I hurt many people. I was a lying sack of garbage, who poisoned the understandings of many I influenced at that time… Entirely selfish, angry and self-absorbed. Racked with guilt, fear and angst, yet entirely unwilling to admit it to anyone, including myself. Instead, I hid from the world, in a bottle and behind a false bravado and cunning facade of innocence. I knew myself to possess a loving spirit and willing body and mind, but I had suffered greatly both psychologically and physically. Being mistreated by my own hand! I also bought the American Dream in a million ways, and it betrayed me in a million and one. I grew up often feeling encouraged to be useless. Such made me a miserable brother, friend and neighbor to many. G-d brought me through some wicked and terrible times…and I discovered that in my aloneness, He found countless ways of gifting me with as many useful insights into the "human" struggle. But the cost was too great, and if G-d had not made me able to endure such, I would have lost everything for nothing at all…
Abandoning yourself is one of the worst feelings a person can ever experience. Teetering on the brink of self destruction is a unique "high" that I hope never to endure again as I did during these years I speak of…The sole reward I gained during those days was the infrequent realization that others confirmed the same feeling and shared the same loss- the understanding and confirmation of a dying man who realizes his error and appreciates having been known by at least one other soul for whom he really is…
That is what Lady Liberty robs us of when she works so hard to preserve our adolescent egos. We become her victims always rather than worth something more and entirely short of what the price the Christ paid to preserve Life Itself for all. Though she permit us to continue purchasing each other for filthy lucre, we’re all worthless and we feel it, save when a remnant of Us consider that Price paid by a Loving Creator.
Only then may we rightly appreciate what we could have and might have been before our own personal "fall," and understand our obligation to survive now, so that others may live the life we forsook, when we betrayed the One who saves. And so, in this moment, we become "saved." G-d knows, we can only hope and pray and continue to pray for the dying and the dead. But more importantly, accept and own right instruction and guidance and help, rather than hinder, the living Remnant to achieve what we should have and would have if not for the enemy’s cunning web of malicious deception, by example painful and Truth unwavering in meekness and humility whenever possible. The opportunities to do so, are sadly going to become less and less available to one and all…
At any moment, I myself, could stumble and return to the lecherous way of a dying sinner…with little or no more care than for that which such must have…Becoming once again, completely ignoble and unworthy. Such is when only in keeping the Law am I made worthy by association to a worthy chosen remnant. Such is as I was, or as the Eastwood character became, when we have no choice any longer, and it’s dog eat dog, when many choose to side step the Law and betray the living, suckering the innocent in order to survive, out of fear and not strength or courage, nevertheless, taking up the charge with all seriousness and hardness of soul, body and mind we may muster for the tasks met each day in our lonely existences…this is not life, and all who follow this path will be destroyed everlastingly, never again to be redeemed.
As the Eastwood character, part of the criminally elite, band of windbags…
When old crows multiply, eagles cannot find room to soar. And Lady Liberty must disable and enslave in shackles and chains.
Up on Cripple Creek she sends me
If I spring a leak she mends me
I don’t have to speak she defends me
A drunkard’s dream if I ever did see one