Sunday, March 20, 2016
John Quincey Adam's Amistad speech
In the video below, Anthony Hopkins as President John Quincey Adams address the Supreme Court in the movie Amistad. The movie is based on an actual event. The speech highlights recent posts on Eisler and her partnership model, in that it emphasizes that we are a society that relies on each other, including our forebears. And the rampant individualism, as the speech goes, it antithetical to that social contract. When he is rhetorically asking the advice of the former Presidents he said: "We have long resisted asking your for guidance. Perhaps we have feared in doing so we might acknowledge that our individuality--that is so, so revered--is not entirely our own" (8:30).