What makes many people have a deep-seated love of movies portraying the Old West?
My intuition is that many look to films of that era for something of a lesson in how to be alive. Folks lived hard, did things in an archaic and manual way, and faced this gritty challenge with nary a sniffle.
In Westerns, we also find depictions of the archetypal war between the known and unkown, technology and archaism, the made-strong-by having-to-be and the made-weak-by-reliance-on-technology.
The West was conquqered, not with guns, but with mind; the guns and technology were just the current manifestation of minds working together and creating. The indigenous people had very little reason to evolve; their technology was adequate in hunting, and in war with similar competitors. The Northern Europeans however, played a game of musical chairs, with not enough resources to satisfy the populous, it quickly became a vicious and cut-throat game for survival. While the indigenes were learning to love their environment, heal, and progress as nearly free men, the Europeans were huddled into protected kingdoms to compete in a Darwinian way.
We might ask, “Why is this so?”
It’s been said that, “Hard times breed strong people. Strong people sow good times. Good times breed weak people. And finally, weak people sow destruction.”
The natives were strong enough to sow good times, and they were wise with their time in caring for themselves and their environment, but in much less competition, they were evolutionarily lagging behind the accelerated Europeans.
Whenever you’re frustrated, you might take a breath, look around, and express gratitude for how you’re being made stronger and wiser only by those moments.
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