As I mentioned in my last post, I read what people are writing about Get Low. Lately, I’ve been looking at Twitter a lot to see what normal folks think. I’m increasingly less interested in critics and more interested in average, everyday moviegoers. There are lots of comments, mostly positive, which is nice. There are also lots of tweets linking to free downloads, and I’ve been thinking about that a bit lately. I understand that we live in an information age and everything is available for free and whatnot. To be honest, I downloaded a few songs from Napster back in the day. I stopped, though, because I realized that artists deserve to get paid for what they do. It’s their job. If they don’t get paid, they can’t do it. This movie is the same way.
When people see this cast they probably think this is a big budget Hollywood movie and so when they download it they are sticking it to “the man.” This movie was not madeby the “the man.” In fact, if this movie does well it will stick it to “the man” more than any illegal downloading ever could. It will show Hollywood that character movies about issues of significance are more popular than the tasteless fare they’ve been putting out. If we make a lot of money, Hollywood will make fewer big budget brainless action flicks and make more movies that move your heart and move your soul. Anyone who wants to see more good movies should pay money to see Get Low. Think of it as voting with your wallet.
That’s one level. On another level, though, this is a spiritual issue. It comes from the belief that I need more, and I can’t have it, so I’m just going to take it. Which is sad, really, because in this country we have more than anyone in the world has ever had. Tell someone from Ghana or Pakistan that you lack and they’ll laugh at you. Or they’ll punch you in the face. The fact is, God has given us enough. If you are reading this, you have a computer and an internet connection, therefore you have enough to survive and to have a good life. You can’t have everything, but nobody can. So why bother trying? Getting more will not make you happy. Being happy with what you have will.
I’m happy with my movie and what I’ve gotten from it. It’s been more than I could have ever imagined. This is not a plea for people to pay so I can make money. It’s a plea for people to see that God has blessed them abundantly, and to respond by doing the right thing not just for me or for God, but for themselves. Living a life of scarcity is no fun. Being a pirate sucks. Rejoice in what you have, realize it is more than enough, and live a life of abundance. Be free.