Tuesday, December 25, 2018

T.S. Eliot and a Christmas wish

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. -- T. S. Eliot

About 15 years ago I discovered an exceptional documentary called, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.

Directed by Errol Morris, "The Fog of War" walks the viewer through most of the 20th century as told by former U.S. Secretary of Defense and World Bank President, Robert S. McNamara.  Mr. McNamara reflects on his life's lessons and uses the Eliot quote above, at a particularly moving stage of the film.  His heartfelt and detailed ruminations, the film clips, music by Phillip Glass and still photos all work together to vividly and memorably capture the American experience.

"The Fog of War" was an Academy Award Winner for best documentary feature in 2003 and I'll recommend the film for the rest of my days.  In the meantime, may you know this Christmas season as fondly as the one you knew for the first time.