One of the assignments in my Organizational Communications class was to watch the movie Twelve Angry Men and write a critique. Thankfully the instructor gave us the option of watching the movie in class or on our own. Obviously, since it was 9 p.m. the class choose to go home and watch the movie later.
The movie turned out to be very interesting, We watched the 1957, black and white version. It is a very absorbing movie and I easily wrote the assigned critique. Twelve men jurors are in a jury room trying to decide if a young man accused of murder is guilty or not. Sounds rather blah, but this is a classic study in verbal and non-verbal communication not to mention prejudice. I also thought the non-human elements were intriguing. I could probably write a dissertation, the movie is just that full of thoughts.
But I had to share something here that one of the characters says to another when he was aggravated with him.
"you're like everybody else, you think too much, you get mixed up"
I've written here before that I sometimes think my mind is like a salad spinner with all these thoughts and ideas spinning around. I have to sometimes push the stop button and dump out the contents of the spinner. So this quote, while slightly funny in the movie, spoke to me. I think way too much, not that that is a bad thing. But it reminded me that when the ideas get to spinning around they get mixed up. So it is good to stop the spinner, empty the contents and un-mix them.