Monday, December 05, 2016

Would it help?

This weekend I watched Steven Spielberg's “Bridge of Spies”. During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy.

Tom Hanks played the main character, James Donovan, who was tasked with the unenviable job of defending a Russian spy by the name of Rudolf Abel, played by the relatively unknown actor Mark Rylance. 

Throughout the movie, Abel faced an uphill battle because he was hated by both American and Russians alike as a spy who got caught on U.S. soil. Throughout his time spent in prison, during his trial and in the hostage negotiations Abel remained stoic and showed little emotion.

Each time it looked like Abel was out of options during one of these ordeals Donovan would ask, “Aren’t you worried?”

And every single time Abel would offer the deadpan response, “Would it help?”

That sentence, the way it was spoken and its deeper meaning went straight to the depth of my heart. An array of day to day situations played through my mind’s screen. In any situation where we have to take a decision, it can come from two sources.

One is your own decision, which will be based on your intelligence and previous experience. When the emotions are running high, it becomes difficult to think straight and take the proper decision.

Secondly, we should realise that before a problem comes into existence, its solution is already in the etheric atmosphere. So the correct decision is already there, to be downloaded into your mind. But a highly strung mind is so clouded that it is impossible for it to happen.

I got an experiential knowledge that emotional upheavals are definitely a disadvantage. We gain absolutely nothing by getting upset or worked up, but  there are a lot to lose!

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