“You’ve Got To Be Taught” – Tuesday Tunes

musicHi and Happy Tuesday!  Hope you have had a great weekend.  Mine was nice but I didn’t feel good so it could have been a lot better.  I went to the doctor yesterday afternoon and found out I have a sinus infection.  Needless to say, a lot of rest was on the agenda for me over the weekend.  I read, watched some shows and movies, and had a nap or two.

One movie that I watched part of was South Pacific, released in 1958.  The movie starred Mitzi Gaynor as Nurse Nellie, Rossano Brazzi as Emile DeBecque, John Kerr as Lt. Joseph Cable, Ray Walston as Luther Billis, Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary, and France Nuyen as Liat.

The movie Web site IMDB states this about it, “On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse (Nellie) and a secretive Frenchman (Emile) who’s being courted for a dangerous military mission.”  There is another storyline regarding young and lovely Liat, the daughter of Bloody Mary, and the very handsome Lt. Cable.

I had the pleasure of playing Liat while in college.  I learned to do the hula for this part and had a  great experience and such fun.  Lt. Cable sings “Younger Than Springtime” to Liat during the show and they start falling in love.  This was fun to play and I can still remember the words to that song.

I love the songs in this movie in addition to that one: “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Happy Talk,” “Bali Hai,” and “Bloody Mary.” I imagine that I have left out a few.  I know the words to each and every one and sang along with them while watching the movie.

My mother starred in a production in our home town more than 20 years ago as Bloody Mary.  She did a beautiful rendition of Bali Hai that my grandparents loved hearing her sing.  I like her version better than the one in the movie.  I guess I partial to my mom’s singing.

I think that the most profound song in the show is called, “You’ve Got To Be Taught.”  Lt. Cable sings it after not being sure about Liat since she is different.  He has major doubts about loving her.  The words are:

You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!”

He sings about the fact that we are often taught to not like people who are different from us.  By the time he finishes the song, he realizes how that he does love this young woman and that he should follow his heart.   These words really spoke me to over the weekend.  They reminded me again of how important it is what we teach our children — both through words and how we treat others.

Have you seen young children of different races play together nicely?  I have.  They don’t know that it’s not okay to do this — until someone tells them it’s not.  My son has friends of all kinds — including different races and religions, and many other differences as well as some of the same — a nice variety. I love that he knows that just because someone is different, that he can still be friends with this girl or boy.  I too have a variety of friends and family and feel blessed that all of them are in our life.

My husband and I are teaching him that all people have value and all are loved by God.  We are teaching him also to be kind to all people and love others.  May we remember to treat others with respect, kindness, and love.  After all, we truly have more similarities than differences.

I wonder if I can truly remember to love others and treat them with respect and kindness.  I do my best each day to do just that.

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