Another song on my Songza played that was the inspiration for this post. Jackie Wilson‘s “To Be Loved” as heard by Eddie Murphy, aka Akeem, in the classic movie Coming To America. Please tell me you all know this movie. I can’t classify myself as an anime geek just yet, but I can classify myself as a movie geek.
The search for true love across countries, only to really find life lessons of hope in perseverance, value of genuine friendships, necessity of humility, and the spirit of commitment. If you have not seen this movie yet, I will not spoil it for you. It is a heartwarming movie filled with all sorts of slap-your-knee kind of laughs.
The only information I will divulge is that I think it’s fair to say that Eddie Murphy’s character, Akeem, is quite geeky. He is no popular boy toy like Eric La Salle’s character, Darryl, the smooth, suave, sophisticated fellow that most girls throw themselves at. One of the more attractive features of Akeem is his self-confidence, and his awareness of what he wants for his life. I feel that a lot of people in our society lack this confidence within themselves, as well as how they would like their life to be laid out. It is not that we have to map out our futures perfectly, but I think that it is necessary to at least have a plan of action. To have a general sense of where you are going in order to keep moving forward in this life. In a society where so many different arenas tell us that we need to be doing this, or looking like this, or acting like this, I can see how difficult it is to just hear one’s own inner voice and follow their heart.
Clarity is not an easy state of mind to obtain in our society. I believe that we live in a society of distractions. Music, television, peers, etc. distract us from listening to ourselves. I know that a lot of people aren’t really religious, nor do they believe in a higher being such as God, but I believe in all those things. One of those benefits that I once mentioned in a previous post, is the ability of religion to help provide clarity for those whose minds are constantly cloudy. Media might have you believe that happiness is the ultimate goal of life, but I disagree. I believe the end goal is actually clarity. One of the perks of clarity is happiness and the strength to turn sadness into happiness. This is but one of the few aspects within clarity, there are many more but I will leave that for further discussion in another post. =)
Anyhoo, I have yet to watch Love Hina. Haha. I know. I’m lagging. I just want to have a good state of mind before I start watching. One thing that I did was do some preliminary research on IMDB. This is how someone described the series:
When Keitaro was a child, he was friends with a little girl. When the girl had to move away, the two made a promise to meet each other at Tokyo University when they grew up. Years later, Keitaro has failed his entrance exam twice, and his parents refuse to support him any longer. His grandmother gives him refuge and employment as caretaker of her inn, which just happens to serve as a female dormitory. The eclectic group of tenants tease, annoy and berate him to no end. Still, Keitaro won’t ever give up his promise to meet his childhood friend again, even though he can’t remember her name.
My first thought from reading this summary is that Keitaro will find out that his childhood friend is living in the female dormitory and he won’t find out until much later. The girl might even be one of the girls that tease and berate him the most. She possibly might have forgotten his name as well. Haha. My general impression is that I will highly enjoy Keitaro’s journey to love and be loved.
And with that, I leave you with Jackie Wilson’s, To Be Loved…