What Can Frank Capra Tell us About Emotions of Today
In The Marketplace?
During our generational science research for Grizzly Adams Productions, I came across something that Frank Capra had written about the pre-WWII years. We had discovered on our timeline for how Crisis cycles in history repeat themselves. If we could identify where we were on the timeline, we could predict emotions in advance in the marketplace and plan accordingly.
Here is what Capra wrote:
“All over the world the human spirit was at a low ebb. The fog of anxiety blanketed the globe. Like an enormous leech that wouldn’t be shaken off, the Great Depression still sucked up our hopes. And there was war in Spain! Hitler was arming, Stalin was arming, Mussolini was arming. Free nations shivered, sighed, and tried to wish it all away.
The world was hungry for a lift; hungry for quickening examples of how individuals overcome the dreads of their environment. Such examples could best be dramatized in motion pictures: ‘You can speak to hundreds of millions for two hours, and in the dark.’ That was my needed job: Lift the human spirit.
No, I didn’t choke up again, didn’t worry about my films being hits or misses. I simply asked the Almighty for the wit and courage to do my job well – and left the rest up to Him.” Frank Capra, from Frank Capra, The Name Above the Title, An Autobiography, pg 203
Today, as I was reading RealClearPolitics.com I came across an article written by James Rosen titled “Secretary of Stagecraft” about U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. What hit me was the eerie similarity to what Capra had written one crisis cycle ago. Here is what Rosen wrote:
“It was a fitting prelude to the steeper plunge into unreality that awaited us. Germany was the second leg of our 11-day trek to 10 European and Middle Eastern countries, a grueling marathon that marked Kerry’s first overseas trip as America’s top diplomat. As a White House and State Department correspondent for Fox News, I had logged hundreds of thousands of miles on similar trips, accompanying presidents and vice presidents, secretaries of state and defense, over the preceding decade. But this time was different. Never before had the world seemed so in flux and the American economy so hobbled by self-inflicted wounds. This toxic cocktail of weakness at home and upheaval abroad—the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war, Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, lawlessness in Afghanistan and Pakistan—would make anxiety and frustration our constant traveling companions. As John Kerry and I were to learn together, it’s just not a fun time to be secretary of state. http://www.playboy.com/playground/view/secretary-of-stagecraft-john-kerry
Frank Capra, with his poignant insights into the emotions of the times said “The world was hungry for a lift; hungry for quickening examples of how individuals overcome the dreads of their environment.” Was that yesterday or today…or both?
Remember those words.