To Kill A Mockingbird and Fathers’ Day

by Rich Cassidy on June 17, 2013

Rev. Sykes: “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I have always had great respect for To Kill a Mockingbird, as important social comment on the law, integrity, and, of course, race relations.

I watched the movie version on Sunday — Fathers Day — on television, and recalled that is it also about fathers, and their impact on children.

It was worth watching again.


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DrDenham Craton June 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Patriarchy- fathers as inculcators of morays and tribal knowledge- there is an entire generation in this country which has lost this moral compass. Historically, many cultures have relied upon this process for grounding and cultural values-
the impact of the spoken word as documentation and transfer of tribal history- one cannot receive such knowledge via text message nor is it found in Netflix…or Facebook- A Learned friend once taught me that “Among persons who are worthwhile, integrity is never out of style -all other virtues follow accordingly And, ignoring the moment, the story of human history is the story of progress how else would one learn about integrity? -Our progenitors(not to diminish mom’s role, she, the most profound influence in my life) Dad was at work when I was born, and or the next 18 years he remained there. I resolved that I should be more present in my son’s life: we have shared sake, sushi, fine cigars, great firearms, the stars of the midnight skies of Arizona’s desert(s) fresh air, knowledge, music and we are Blessed by that! -D

Rich Cassidy June 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Thanks Denny!

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