Steven Broomfield, on 30 November 2011 - 12:20 PM, said:
Well, that's me firmly put in my place. That Churchill thread must have upset you.
I fail to see what the Churchill thread has to do with it, Steven, apart from diverting attention away from your stance here - a stance based on a film not released yet, a stage-play you've missed and a book you've never read.
Believe it or not, some people actually enjoy being manipulated emotionally and are quite capable of realising that they have been, nor do they allow such manipulation to overwhelm them. Some people actually understand that emotions are more a part of life than so-called stiff-upperlipism is, understand that stiff-upperlipism is mainly a product of those old Noel Cowardesque British films of the 30s, 40s and 50's, films which bore no resemblance at all to the way of life of the vast majority of Britons. They understand that the only ones with no empathy at all, either today or historically, are the sociopaths of this world who tend to end up in places such as Broadmoor and Rampton (or were known as Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot etc.)
Believe it or not, some people take pleasure in having their emotions "played" with in novels, TV programmes, films etc. and yet they still understand that it's neither a permanent nor a negative state - not least because it helps them much better understand the human condition; a condition that is far from being devoid of emotion. To decry emotion is to deny reality, it is to fail to understand that stiff-upperlipism is merely a disguise to cover-up the emotion that is present in all humans – it is to fail to understand that human emotion drives everything in our human world, and that many so-called historical facts only came about because of some form of human emotion in the first place.
Indeed, I find it quite ironic that those who strongly criticise Haig do so, in part, on the grounds that he was lacking in all and any emotion towards the plight of his men - whereas, his supporters (including me) produce documentary evidence to show that emotion was in fact present in his psyche despite the fact that many of those supporters tend to decry emotional involvement in the written and visual arts.
The film may well be absolute tosh when it hits our screens, but it could also be the best film ever - let's wait and see, eh?