This video has been making the rounds. It’s super lovely. First, it’s pretty well done. But the best, most amazing thing is the kid, Caine. He’s sincere, which can always be difficult. People don’t generally react well to sincere people. I see kids everyday trying to mask their sincere interests because otherwise they standout and seem different. Don’t get into something; it’s cool only to not care about things. It reminds me of the passage from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee:
“In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God.
Every breath he shall draw, every act, and every shadow and thing in all creation is a mortal poison, or is a drug, or is a signal or symptom, or is a teacher, or is a liberator, or is liberty itself, depending entirely upon his understanding: and understanding, and action proceeding from understanding and guided by it, is the one weapon against the world’s bombardment, the one medicine, the one instrument by which liberty, health, and joy may be shaped or shaped towards, in the individual, and in the race.”
We are so cruel to each other all the time. We teach each other not to care, slowly. Like in the movie Bully.
The dad, too, seems like a very caring, protective, loving, and thoughtful dad. There’s no mention of the mom, so we don’t know if she’s even in the picture or not. In one way, as someone whose dad is very much an active single father, I like it better to imagine this film portrays a single parent. So often, dads are caricatured as absentee or only there for the weekends or not an active father. That’s one reason we started writing this blog. So, big up to Caine’s dad!