Human and divine.
Hello. My name is Leslie. I’m from America. I’m 37 years old and I’m employed as a part-time bookseller. I fancy myself as an amateur filmmaker, although I use a digital camera and probably shouldn’t refer to my end product as “film” since I don’t incorporate any into my “filmmaking.” In the bookstore in which I work, we also sell videos. One day while performing a stock count, I happened upon your film titled I Am Curious. After watching both the yellow and the blue film, I have decided to write you a letter.
I’d like to answer the questions which you asked of Swedish citizens within the film, starting with “Do we have a class system?” Yes, we most certainly do have a class system in America, just as is in existence in Sweden. We have our haves and have-nots, our aristocracy-bourgeoisie-proletariat, our plutocrats and democrats, our “Huxtables” and “Evanses.” You also asked: “Should a person be paid more, simply because their parents encouraged them to go to college, and become a doctor or a lawyer?” I would say no. Not all parents are education enthusiasts. Furthermore, not all parents have the means to send their children to colleges with annually escalating tuitions. However, I don’t think it’s wrong for a doctor or a lawyer to earn a higher salary than say, a bookseller, provided that a bookseller is paid a livable wage.
I was raised as a Pentecostal. Your brass yet banal encounter with a Pentecostal youth after a benediction hit close to home. I remember my futile attempt to practice abstinence until marriage. I recall my dogmatic allegiance to a system of perceived justice that would sentence all those who rejected Jesus Christ as savior to an eternal hell. Your commentary on that issue should serve as a lightning rod for all fundamentalist beliefs that would further derisively divide our already seemingly fatally fractured human family. So I would say yes, resoundingly, that church and state should be separated.
Back to futile attempts at abstinence. Should a woman wait until she is married before she has sex? I believe only if she chooses to do so, should she abstain. Whose responsibility is it to use contraceptives? I believe it is the responsibility of both parties to use protection when having sexual relations. If a man gets a woman pregnant, should he marry her? I don’t think a man should marry a woman just because he impregnates a woman. However, I do believe he has a duty to provide for his child.
Although I fancy myself as an amateur filmmaker, I’ve mostly had one foot perennially in corporate America. Common practice in the business world is to submit a resume of no more than one page when seeking a position. Well, I certainly hold you in higher esteem than any potential employer. Your business is that of ending business as usual as opposed to quickening the status quo. And despite your heartfelt apology to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in my humble opinion, you are the epitome of activism, and certainly a glorious cinematic realization of the slogan: “Make love, not war!” Warmongers may well have their apotheosis in the eyes of bloodthirsty imperialists. But you Lena, would be my reward. Your “fat” would be the fat of the land in which I would hope to live on, in that day when our world is occupied by the armies of hell, defying us to defend her.