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Andrea Morisette Grazzini

CEO, WetheP, Inc.

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Who should be more feared. Lions & Tigers & Bears? Or, the Men Behind the Curtains?

The iconic movie The Wizard of Oz premiered August 15, 1939.

it's contributions to cinematic innovation, social identity and philosophical concepts are numerous, if not, uncountable.

Beyond visuals so vivid they can't be missed, the story communicates subtle, often highly sophisticated, themes of human experience and emotion. And how these, engaged with co-relational discoveries and collective action, can result in shared understandings of unseen realities. Specifically: critical truths belied by otherwise accepted facades and conspiratorial agents that undermine common experiences and understandings.

Two pivotal transformations occur in the story that show how appearances can deceive.
-- First are scenes in which Dorothy encounters the heretofore scary characters of the lion, scarecrow and tin man. All, far more flawed than fearsome, as it turns out.
-- Second is the scene in which the powerful Wizard of Oz is revealed to be not only flawed, (just as the others), but more ominously: to be highly manipulative. Playing them, as he does, by amplifying their fears in his efforts to control society.

Contexts in which the original book, the original movie and it's iteration "The Wiz," say much about why the story resonates with so many.

Each was produced during times of civic disparity. Times when gaps between poor and rich were significantly magnified, due to the amplification of fears, fomented and abetted by hidden agents pulling strings that maximized rich privilege by playing on common-fears. From behind closed doors--figuratively or literally.

Given all this and parallels to the times we're in now, it seems prudent to revisit Qs The Wizard of Oz cues up, like:

1. Who should be feared more: Those who coercively communicate, in plain site? Or those who manipulate, beyond common view?
AND --
2. What's more important: Revealing those who conspire to corrupt? Or, facing challenges with efforts that "un-suppress" individual and collective power?

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  • Aug 17 2012: the Wizard of Oz didn't have an Ipad and the men that should be more feared are not behind a curtain at all - instead they are more transparent than ever - right in front of our eyes via everything - tricking us - but it's no longer slight of hand it's slight of mind - and together like a terrorist group gone Broadway they now hold up that curtain they used to hide behind and play a movie - one that resonates so deeply inside us all we believe and we forget- and I think the "selfish gene" may have something to do with that.

    why try to build trust when you can control distrust?

    terror warning level,
    out
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      Aug 17 2012: Jesse,

      What an image: "A terrorist group gone Broadway." There might be a screenplay there.

      And the "slight of mind" allusion does track. I'm unsure how intentional some of it is, but not all. Though there is certainly an unmistakable chaotic-crazymaking effect. And, indeed, there are political strategists who come to mind who play to this.

      I'm with you re: the "play" behind the movie resonating with us, perhaps yes, due to our "selfish" gene. I was struck by how low primary elections turnout were in my state. And, it occurred to me apathy, at least, has to be a factor. That and a child-like attention span, it seems.

      That said, it is also the case that the chaos is so chaotic and the multiple and ever changing storylines so disparate, that it's near impossible for anyone (including leaders and strategists) to fully track. And, only those with Dorothy-like persistence, willing to navigate both the yellow brick roads, and in-plain-sight play(s), have the stamina--not to mention sufficient curiosity, even, to hang in for the journey.

      Now that I've affirmed your gloomy take, I'm wondering what are the possibilities that you could employ your creative thinking to construe a possible "third way?"

      Andrea

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