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Life is Both Hard and Uncertain - Sometimes It Seems to Reward

Yes, this piece may sound a bit philosophical. But, at the same time, it is realistic.

When I was a teenager, during earlier high school years, I had a small handful of friends, or rather, two. They were quite different. One group still is in touch with me, today. The second group is not. I wish to discuss two from the second group.

My closer friend of these two was an adopted fellow who had been spoiled by his adoptive parents. He felt rather entitled. I did not approve of how he talked or behaved toward his parents on occasion. But he wasn't too too bad. Anyway, he wished to pursue cinematography as a career. He had two or three projectors, one of which was a 16 mm projector. He also had cameras, films, and associated equipment.

His very close friend, the second fellow, was even deeper into it, doing everything within his power to get involved, "eating it up" with a passion. I recall he had an acquaintance who ran a movie theater and gave him access to special movies ahead of time, including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra .

Well life has a way of separating friends and acquaintances. The first guy, my closer friend, married. Sadly, he could only obtain work singing in a bar. One day he came home and discovered his wife in bed with another man. He ran his wife off and committed suicide.

The second guy went on to pursue his career and today is known as Jon Davison, the Movie Producer. He is associated with such films as Airplane! , Robocop , Starship Troopers , and The 6th Day . To the outsider, it would appear life punished the first fellow, but has rewarded the second fellow. Life can be both hard and uncertain. It makes one reflect on the nature of life and the existence of a Creator. In fact, I once attempted to talk to the first fellow about the Bible...


Image Credit » Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/camera-film-demonstration-projector-2801674/

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MegL wrote on January 6, 2018, 9:16 AM

As you said yourself, the first guy "felt rather entitled" and when life didn't go the way he felt he was entitled to have it going, he opted out, took his ball away. The second fellow was willing to work hard at what he wanted to do, he didn't see it as a hobby or something he could do with equipment provided by doting parents, he became fully immersed in his passion.

VinceSummers wrote on January 6, 2018, 1:22 PM

I ought to say a bit in the first guy's behalf... He was an adopted child and never forgot that fact. He always spoke of the day he would marry and have a family. When the woman - a full-blooded Native American woman - did what she did to him, well, you know the rest.

VinceSummers wrote on January 6, 2018, 9:41 PM

Interestingly both these men, my friends, were highly impressed by men, animators, such as the iconic Ray Harryhausen. Jon's Robocop is reminiscent of that man's efforts.