Mrs. Manifesto and I had the opportunity to see Invictus over the weekend. I was not entirely sure what to expect but I have to say this is a great movie. I’m not interested in doing a movie review but I wanted to briefly note that there is a very conservative theme to it.
The movie’s title comes from a poem by William Henley. Here’s the poem.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
The poem and the movie are very much about choosing not to wallow in self-pity and choosing not to let circumstances run your life. To me, this is the great dividing line between left and right. Conservatives believe you control your life and your choices are the primary determinants of your fate. The left believes you are not in control of your fate and that external forces that you cannot personally influence will determine what happens to you.
It’s refreshing to see something coming out of Hollywood that promotes the conservative perspective.