Monday, February 11, 2013
A few weeks ago my husband brought home the first 2 episodes of Downton Abbey from red box. As we have seemingly watched movies where gratuitous violence and sex is the major appeal, this show to me was a breath of fresh air. My husband slept and twitched next to me and I sat mesmerized watching the consequences of human behavior play out on a screen. Downton is a PBS TV series showcasing the perks and privileges of wealth with all the glitz and glamour, the clothes the servants the land the travel, all of it. What a life! And fun to see the styles, the hats and gloves they wear to have lunch with just each other. The abbey is enormous with spectacular rooms and views and halls of servants quarters. And yet with all of this to take in, the real excellence of the series is not in seeing the abundance but in the stark realization there is no immunity of the wealthy to human conditions, death, infertility, infidelity, addictions etc. The super rich with all their money and available options, still have many of the same struggles as the poor with no money and few options. There is no escape from the problems of life. We all have the same battles no matter what our social or economic status. The show to me is about what I know but am not always sure I believe... happiness does not come from money.
Posted by Annmarie Pipa at 10:13 AM