Before I begin on the subject I have chosen today, I would like to introduce a new feature of the blog: SONG OF THE WEEK!!
This week’s song is “Try Everything” By Shakira from the Zootopia Soundtrack.
*Cue epic dance moves*
Just a few short weeks ago I watched Zootopia for the first time and it was as effective as any other Disney movie to hit me straight in the feels.
Seriously, its starting to become a problem.
But the movie touched me because I feel like it reflects some important messages that sometimes are lost due to prejudice, misunderstanding and hatred. All of these things have come to our attention in the news in recent months and it completely breaks my heart.
The central theme in Zootopia is that Judy Hopps (The main character) truly believes that “Anyone can be Anything”. It’s a beautiful concept, and as the movie shows things never seem to go as they are originally planned.
I respond to this message strongly because I am in not perfect in any way. I’ve always had trouble with my weight, insecurities about my appearance, and social awkwardness. I have been told that I will never get anywhere in life or amount to anything.
I don’t believe that though.
There is another theme throughout the film as well that everyone likes to focus in on about racism. But in some ways, I think it’s more speaking about privilege.
Now hear me out.
With any sort privilege of power there are people who abuse whatever they are given. Namely people with evil and hurtful intentions.
Now I will never boast to knowing everything, and I am aware that to many people I might be riding a thin line between being complacent and having a unpopular opinion. But here’s the thing: I don’t think that this is a problem with race.
It’s a problem with people!
It’s a problem with hatred!
It’s a problem with closed mindedness and a hatred for those we do not understand.
There were definitely times that my insecurities and self doubt translated into me being spiteful and cruel and I admit that I was a closed minded person for many years. It was a problem with my heart, and as a result of my prejudice and unjustified hatred I was incredibly hurtful to people who never deserved it.
And I don’t deserve to ask for forgiveness.
Now as I have grown up and challenged my way of thinking, I had made a decision to base my decisions in love. Not in hate. I’m no where close to perfect, but I hope that if I can share a caring and loving attitude with the world, that I can in some way impact the world around me.
People don’t deserve to die. People don’t deserve to be kicked out of their homes and countries due to conflicts based on superficial reasoning. People don’t deserve to be segregated and oppressed because of their skin, sexual orientation, or how they were raised.
People don’t deserve hatred.
It breaks my heart to listen to the news, and I know that there is no simple solution to making the world come together and work in harmony. But I hope that people will start to see the impact they have on the world around them and that in love “Anyone can be Anything”
More love, less hate.