I watched Easy Rider for the very first time last week.
I never ever wanted to see the film when it was released. In fact - I didn't watch it through when it was on TV a night or two ago. I just clicked back to it from time to time to check on the development.
I wondered if the film would have freaked me out back then? I imagined myself better than that - back then. Shots in New Orleans kind of reminded me of Andy Warhol's trash - which I said I liked at the time. Warhol created his work around the same time as Easy Rider.
The film reminded me of experiences I had with my friends.
It was an awful time, in retrospect. I don't like revisiting it. I never thought of God back then. I said I didn't believe, that I was an atheist. I couldn't have been - I wasn't smart enough - it was simply a façade.
I can now understand - to an extent - why red-neck-religious types 'hate' hippies. It doesn't say much for their religion, but says a lot about their fears and prejudices, their anger.
Oddly enough - nearly everyone is pretty decadent these days, or tainted to some extent. What does John of the Cross say? Rarely has anyone avoided drinking from the cup of the whore of Babylon. Just read blogs. The f-word is used even by the holy ones.
Easy Rider is creepy, though it be an important piece of cultural documentation.
It's amazing how grace entered into the lives of so many souls who were thought lost in drugs and the culture of the time. How Christ rose victorious in the lives of the living dead.
It is a source of hope - even for the zombies and the lovers of such in our day, don't you think?
"Let your sin be present to you always and, according to the Wise Man's advice, do not be without fear even for sin that has been forgiven. God's judgments are uncertain and hidden; they are not rashly to be presumed upon..." - Blessed Guerric of Igny