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One of the many things that had influenced me and my way of thinking was watching the movie Born on the Fourth of July Watching innocent men march through foreign jungles to face senseless injury torture and death forced me to question some issues Even though I only observed this suffering on television the reality of the movie hit home I could not bear to see the crushed spirits and mutilated bodies of those once proud men lying in inadequate understaffed hospital facilities Watching them come home to an ungrateful American public left an impact As soon as the movie ended it hit me That evening after watching the emotionally exhausting film I decided to look outside the prejudices of the world in which I was raised My emotions fought ferociously to break through my hard exterior shell to come to grips with the realities presented in the film I realized the importance of compassion and understanding and the silliness of grasping for causes just to be right In addition to helping me come to terms with my emotions and altering my conceptions of war the movie inspired me to change in other ways It helped me see the depth and shallowness of my own convictions and how easily I allowed myself to be swayed by the spurious arguments of ignorant people I became compelled to learn as much as I could about history the history of the world and the controversy that engulfs it For me history was now a vehicle in which I could explore unknown realms of my mind and uncover new ideas about the world In short the movie Born on the Fourth of July boosted my confidence to never lose the strength of my convictions I started dedicating a significant portion of my life to examining every issue I would across and not allow black-and-white thinking to dominate my way of confronting difficult issues
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