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Straw Dogs


Straw Dogs is probably one of my favorite flicks, ever. It peels away the layers of human weakness in all sorts of fucked up ways. The film does move a bit slowly, but is worth the wait (kinda like Caché, but less so). I’m not quite in the mood to b-b-break it down, so I will quote something that sounds way smarter and catches the essence of the movie quite succinctly, even though I’m sure it was never intended to do so:

Whoever said “Violence never solved anything” was either a liar or a coward, or a lying coward.

A more astute observer would say “Violence never solved anything such that both conflicting parties were equally satisfied with the outcome”. Violence creates two entities: A winner, and a loser. Losers don’t like to engage in violence because it will make their plight both obvious and inescapable. Winners may avoid violence if there are less expensive ways to win, ie trade or psychological manipulation.

Violence has solved every conflict on every scale. From the virus violently hijacking a host’s DNA to the hundreds of millions killed by governments in both war and domestic pacification attempts, violence has decidedly ended every conflict in which it has been employed.

The only conflicts that violence doesn’t solve are those in which it is insufficiently applied.

Cribbed from Philosopher Zero. Watch this early Dustin Hoffman film and just bathe in the human condition.

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