Inspiration

If you feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle, against forces that are bigger than you and “not playing fair” —chances are you’re right!

In the midst of your battles, you may find hope and encouragement in the following:

(Many of these are not for children or the easily-offended):

Spotlight: How a group of Boston Globe writers battled to uncover the damage caused, and concealed by, those in power in the law and in the Church.

The Big Short: In 2007-08, when political and corporate leaders were telling the public “everything’s fine….” a tiny group of people used research and facts to uncover the lies of these “leaders” —and profit from the truth.

Erin Brockovitch: How one woman, armed with the truth, helped bring financial restoration to hundreds people damaged by PG&E.

The Insider: The true story of executive Jeffry Wigund’s whistleblower stand against “big tobacco.”   Starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino.

The Untouchables: The story of how accounting brought down Al Capone.

A Few Good Men: The military court-room drama where the truth was literally hanging in plain sight. Made famous the line: “You can’t handle the truth!”

Glengarry Glen Ross: Writer David Mamet’s look at characters who’s sole purpose in life is to “close the deal.”

Wall Street: A cautionary tale about the power—and pitfalls—of greed.

Watergate: The story of Washington Post reporters Woodward & Bernstein and how it wasn’t the crime, but the cover-up which doomed President Nixon.

And Justice for All: 1979 film about the insanity of the legal system that made famous Pacino’s line: You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order!

Network: The film that made famous the line “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!”

The Godfather: Few stories are more instructive about the power of family, than this story of a family of power.

Moneyball: How details, facts and statistical analysis turned the lowly Oakland A’s into a winning team, and changed (baseball) sports.

Jerry McGuire: The film that coined the phrase: “Show Me the Money!”

Holy scriptures: Finally, for those who believe Scriptures are “The Book of Life”:

Genesis reminds us that one of the oldest sins in the book is deception (fraud). (Don’t be surprised when it crosses your path!)

David & Goliath: The story of a young shepherd, armed with a slingshot, who takes on a giant Philistine warrior—and wins.

Exodus 20; 15: Thou shall not steal.

Exodus 20; 16: Thou shall not bear false witness.

Exodus 20: 17: Thou shall not covet.

Proverbs 11;1: Dishonest scales are detestable to the LORD, but an accurate weight is His delight.

Proverbs 12:22: The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.