Saturday, April 18, 2009

Lessons from the Outlaw Josey Wales

The Outlaw Josey Wales was made in 1976. I am pretty sure that my father took me to see this film - he loved Westerns and Clint Eastwood who starred in and directed the film. It is a true classic.

A colleague of mine has the phrase "Endeavor to Persevere" as a more or less permanent status on his IM. It is a good rallying cry - but has a certain irony to it.

Chief Lone Waite explains to Josey Wales how the Indians were invited to Washington. They told of how their land had been stolen and their people were dying and "When we finished, he shook our hands and said: 'endeavor to persevere'.

They stood us in a line [...] They took our pictures and the newspaper said: 'Indians vow to endeavor to persevere'.

We thought about this, 'endeavor to persevere', for a long time and when we had thought about it long enough we declared war on the Union."

The clip from the movie is available on YouTube

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