"Extravagant" might be a universally applicable word. "Progressive" or "enlightened" might come to mind if you're of a leftish bent, "privileged" or "aloof" might come to mind if you're a conservative. But regardless of which end of the ideological divide you occupy, it's pretty safe to say that one thing Hollywood is not known for is the humility of its prominent denizens.
That is not to say, however, that humility does not exist among them, exemplified by singularities so rare that they warrant shock and awe. Such a singularity is Denzel Washington.
His latest is a profound message by any standard.
It is a message to aspiring young actors about the "power of hard work and the importance of faith:"
I pray that you all put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you gotta get on your knees in the morning to find them. And while you're down there, thank God for grace and mercy and understanding. We all fall short of the glory, we all got plenty. If you just start thinking about all the things you've got to say thank you for, that'll be a day.
He goes on:
True desire in the heart for anything good is God's proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that it's yours already. So the desire you have, that itch that you have to be whatever it is that you want to be... that itch, that desire for good is God's proof to you sent already to indicate that it's yours. You already have it. Claim it.
I won't try to dissect these quotes and assign political or spiritual meaning to them. His words speak enough. And regardless of what meaning you take away from them, it's difficult to deny -- these words are a powerful expression of conviction and humility, worthy of respect.
Thanks, Denzel. If nothing else, it's a reminder of a simple truth that I, for one, too often forget.
See the video here.