But I always thought these were innocent remarks representing a way for the everyman to sort of get a one-up on the powers that be. Watching a Pixar flick recently with some teens, I realized just how ingrained the David & Goliath mindset is solidified right to the heart of my paesani.
When David came back from his mission, he ended up King for years & years, fathering a zillion offspring for all of his efforts. In short, he was lauded and rewarded for the deed (or as Mr. Monti would say, Meritocracy). Had the fight happened in today's sarcastic world (from which, I confess I am a by-product), David would have returned holding the giant's head and the scriptures would have been filled with rabble-rousing commentary the likes of: He obviously had help from our enemies, It was all a ploy and David & Goliath were in cohoots so he could rise to power, He didn't really take his life in his hands, he had secret weapons ... and so on endlessly.
|Mantova's Palazzo Te|
showing off 25 years of the
Art of Pixar
(until 10 June)
I grew up in an area in which this very scenario had transpired. In Troy, Michigan, you can still visit the bucolic farmhouse set right smack in the middle of luxurious shopping malls, 3M corporation and the K-Mart headquarters. Thankfully, the corporate suits turned this historic plot into the Kresge Foundation, promoting environmental goodness. Whether the former owner just faded away, or whether she set off for her own Argentinian adventure is unknown, but either way, it seemed like a Happy Ending to at least this viewer.
But, before my good-feeling goosebumps could fade away, I heard from a corner of the room: Of course! The construction company people knocked over his mailbox on purpose so they would have a good excuse to evict him.
And thus, the problem of conspiracies: Let's assume the accusation is true. How they would have known that the fender bender of the mailbox would have set off a series of events starting with the little ol' guy getting up from his rocker, wielded his cane, beaten the truck driver senseless, and not simply have set out to repair his trusty mailbox and go back indoors for some prunes?
I had a good chuckle until I realized there are those who say the Brothers Grimm were packing in the subliminal messages in all their fairy tales. As for our modern day fables, maybe there's more truth in fiction than meets the eye.