Peace="Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you."
To me, War Horse was all about the uselessness of war. Set in WWI, you know that Germany's aspirations to invade, and control, Europe were never successful, though look at how many people had to die before things could return back to the way they were in the first place. And these poor horses and innocent people who were caught up in it.
The pride and excesses and laziness of the father, the materialism of the landlord, the cruelty of many and the wasted nobility of some.
It got me thinking about how much we could benefit if everyone followed the above formula for peace. There's wisdom in loving our enemies--if nothing else, trying to figure out what we did to instigate their hatred in the first place and, maybe, if we're lucky, be able to make it right.
I don't think anyone likes war, yet there is always war.
I loved the movie. It was about a lot of things: friendship, loyalty, perseverence, change, materialism--and maybe more of a willingness to see all those things neutrally since it's largely wrapped up in the journey of a horse. It's easy to get and stay angry at people, but harder to do so with animals. It was interesting that though they fought each other, each nationality could love the horses that passed through and even, at times, suspend their fighting to help them.
I thought that Christmas was an appropriate day for it to be released. The theater was absolutely packed and, when it was over, everyone clapped.
Did you see it? What were your thoughts?