Archive for October, 2011
Is it just me or does Moneyball challenge the whole idea of what we are aiming for in life? Instead of going for the brass ring Billy Beane wants to be true to himself. That makes him a Virgin archetype.
Moneyball is a good example of the rebellious nature of the Virgin. Billy lives in a dependent world (professional baseball) where he has loads of potential that is never fully realized because he is doing it for money rather than self -fulfillment. As a baseball player Beane just never was able to get over a fear that he would not live up to other people’s expectations of him. Questioning if he was worth the money they paid him (ie. is he meeting the baseball world’s and the team’s expectations) probably kept him from finding his authentic nature. He even developed a belief that he was a jinx on the game and doesn’t attend his team’s games as a GM.
As General Manager of the Oakland A’s, Beane has a very small budget to work with and this allows him to count on his greater asset – his instinct. He goes against all the norms of baseball because he realizes you can’t expect to get a different result doing the same thing. He is a rebel and in the end it is just what the baseball community needed.
The new model for player acquisition changes the game of baseball. The Kingdom of baseball is brighter because Billy Beane went on his Virgin journey. Except we are still waiting for him to give up the belief that kept him stuck – that he is jinxed.
Virgin’s play a vital role in stories. When they allow their unique talent to shine in the world, they bring chaos, yes, but they also bring much needed innovation. Heroes know how to protect and preserve what is good. It is the journey of the Virgin that introduces new things into the community when change is needed. Virgins do this through the quest for self-fulfillment.
I’ve been thinking about this lately. I’ve read the Comic Toolbox and I know laughing is a physical reaction caused by the release of tension. We see someone go into a situation that is going to be so embarrassing (mini death) and it happens and we gafaw with the feeling better him than me or I can so see myself doing that. We laugh. This is the new hot comedy – the total geek wins the girl (Knocked Up) or the girl is the one farting and causing others to lose control of their bowels (Bridesmaids) (really funny scene driving around illegally in front of the cop, ).
I think this is masculine humour and there is a whole other world to be explored.
I think feminine humour is when you delight in being alive. The pleasures in the simple quirkiness of life. The way your heart sings when you see an act of love. I’m thinking about scenes like Little Miss Sunshine when they jump on stage to not let Olive be alone. I laughed because I was watching a father express unconditional love and I burst with joy. The fact that it was embarrassing was there as well but it would have been contrived without the other element. The same is true for About a Boy when Will jumps on stage to support the boy and sing a song. It is so loving it makes you smile. The Guard is full of quirky moments about life that make you smile. They are not built on tension and release. This is a film of drug smugglers in Ireland and one dealer/murderer is put off by the class of people they have to associate with. It’s endearing. They read high literature. It’s quirky funny. Delightfully unexpected. Bend It Like Beckham has these funny moments when Jas talks to her elder’s portrait or imagines her mother and Aunties playing soccer. The Year Dolly Parton was my Mother has these moments.
I suggest that this delight in everyday things, laughter that comes from joy and love is a feminine style of humour that is worth exploring.