Friday, April 02, 2004

Saving the World Entire

Saving the World Entire

Perhaps Steven Spielberg's best work is his award winning film about the Jewish Holocaust, Schindler's List.

The movie tells the story of Oscar Schindler, a German industrialist during World War II, who saved over a thousand Jews from the Nazi gas chambers by offering them a safe haven in his factories using the pretext of hiring them as "cheap labour". As a result of his actions, 7,000 descendants of Schindler's Jews are living today.

Even though the movie, Schindler's List is shot in black-and-white, it is still a very engrossing watch, with not a single dull moment in it. There's a touching scene at the end of the movie which never fail to bring tears to my eyes: When Schindler (played by Liam Neeson) breaks down and laments that he did not do enough to save more Jews, his trusted accountant, itzhak Stern (played by Ben Kingsley) comforts him with some words of wisdom from the Talmud: "Whoever saves one life, save the world entire".

I believe that even the small things that we do in our mundane lives matter a great deal. No action is ever too small. The father who dutifully provides for his family, the mother who ensures that the children are safely tucked in bed--all of them "save the world entire" by their actions. We save the world everytime we make a difference in another person's life.

We often lament the fact that we are not as fortunate as some other people who are blessed with the talent and opportuniy to become famous and successful. That could be true, but no one can say that they do not have an opportunity to make a difference in another person's life. It is something that does not require luck for we all have loved ones and friends. And acts of love and kindness do not require heavy capital.

We are all born superheroes: Even by showing love and kindness to just one person, we are already saving the world entire.

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