The Divinely Human Prison: Chapter Seventeen: Mahatma Gandhi And The Future of The Free World
By Michael Moriarty
"The only devils
There are great films.
And then, for my money at any rate, there is the matchless size and depth of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi.
Perhaps, because of the nightmare that Radical Islam is drowning the world in now, Gandhi seems, for now at any rate, the most important film ever made.
Or perhaps Gandhi will prove to be the eternal masterpiece of all biographical film-making.
It apparently took the producer and director, Richard Attenborough, 20 years to finally persuade enough of the right people to make the movie. Those 20 years were unquestionably a necessary gestation period for Attenborough's vision to appear on screen with such visible depth and detail.
Such rich understanding of the man, his time, his country, the world and freedom's infinitely growing need for men like Mahatma Gandhi.
Such profound reverence for its central subject and his Christ-like effect upon the entire world.
Such rich mise en scene.
The cast of apparently thousands.
Richard Attenborough died last year at the age of 90.
His life and career as an actor/director, the minute detail he applied to both sides of his artistry? After seeing Gandhi, it almost leaves one beyond words.
However, one is filled with an immense need to heap praise upon the one man, without whom there would have been no film triumph such as Gandhi.
There's no more indelibly profound memory of the man who was, beyond any doubt in my mind, the closest soul to that of my Lord Christ, than the film Gandhi.
The mere thought that he still lived during the first years of my own life?
That proximity to my own existence makes the Earth and Mankind always worthy of hope.
Always capable of redemption.
If, that is, there is at least one man like Mahatma Gandhi that lives.
I doubt if any other savior, aside from, as I've said, Jesus of Nazareth, can achieve such Gandhi-miracles with unrelenting non-violence.
Within India, I do believe Gandhi's legacy holds Hindu and Muslim in greater national unity than even the efforts of Martin Luther King have done for America.
The present nightmare that President Barack Hussein Obama has thrown American citizens back into, antagonizing old wounds that have always needed healing more than reopening?
Because of this horrid President that America is suffering under now, we need an American Gandhi.
Or at least a President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Obama is driving America into a Second American Civil War.
Eisenhower not only led the Free World to victory in World War II as a General, he held the Free World together during an increasingly dangerous Cold War.
With the ominous signs of a World War III approaching with the alliance of Vladimir Putin's Neo-Soviet Russia, Red China, North Korea and the Middle East's most criminally trouble-making nation, Iran?
With such a quintet of ruthlessly malevolent dictatorships?
With such an alliance's anti-Semitic similarities to the German/Italian/Japanese Axis and to the brief but seminally diabolical, Non-Aggression Pact between Hitler and Stalin, the prospects of an alliance between both Anti-Semitism and Communism?
That is what amounts to a profoundly corrupted and terrifyingly compromised Free World… or what is left of it.
Such a fearfully ominous Fate, a possibly atomic, World War III?
That is what a criminally weakened United States must now contemplate.
"I have friends
Ben Kingsley says that in Gandhi.
Perhaps this contemporary nightmare that Mankind is ever more fearfully living in could not be avoided.
Perhaps a corrupted American Dream was always unavoidable and necessary.
No other experience can remind Mankind of just how blind to its own benightedness Mankind can be.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at email@example.com. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.