The Importance of Theater in Our Society
A few months ago, I was watching the first three episodes of Casino Live on cable television and I wanted to make sure that I did not miss the special story of Glenn Eichler and his family. This was a man who had lost all hope in life until he met a former bus driver who began a journey that would change the direction of his life forever.
Glenn had an initial account with a lawyer to try to get the family some form of help to start rebuilding their lives after they lost their home and all of their possessions. They were not going to take any money from this lawyer because it sounded as if this man was trying to make their situation worse and make them feel as if they were worthless.
Eventually, this attorney could no longer stand by and do nothing because he could see where this was going and that he would be pushing his client away from making things better. He told him to meet him one day to discuss the situation and Glenn agreed.
It was a few weeks later when Glenn and his wife were walking down the street and their son was wearing a backpack and he said to them, “Dad, this is a backpack that belonged to a drug dealer. He was smoking pot in there and he just wanted to sell it.” What the boy did not know was that this was going to be the beginning of a very important chapter in the life of the young man that lived with his parents and Glenn’s brother.
After that day, Glenn had some time to think about what this young man was telling him. He had been dealing with the depression for a long time but this young man was changing his life all over again and telling him that he had to leave his life in the hands of the federal authorities to try to run away from the problem. The fact that this boy knew what was happening around him made things seem that much more difficult.
And yet, it turned out that theboy had grown up in the world of crime and drugs and that he had gone on to get involved in something that would ultimately be good for a whole new group of people. It was really amazing how a little child could really see things so clearly and he had to be able to understand that he was not going to have the life that he would have wanted, because of the choices that he had made.
Now, I could tell you that this story was somewhat unfortunate but I could also tell you that it was incredibly inspiring and that is because this was a story that really captured the hearts of the main characters. This is also a story that changed many lives and so many people had such a change of heart.
People are no longer willing to go back into the world that they were born into, or that the world that their parents grew up in. We need to realize that change is going to happen in the world and if we want to be able to move with grace through the different changes that our society is facing every day, then we need to take care of ourselves and learn to love ourselves for who we are.