Jack Sparrow: 'Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid.'
Now what does it say about me that the movie character I identify with the most is Capt. Jack Sparrow of the Caribbean Pirate's fame? Not necessarily the swagger and the outlandishly gay mannerisms... but the out of this worldly suave-naivete that he personifies..... as he almost incredibly manages to pose for a pirate and a ship captain at that.
Every time he opens his magic compass and gives it that incredulous look that is half bewilderment and half resignation, I am reminded of my life which is not without its quirky compass - moral and all.... I oftentimes turn to consult it and find it missing from my not so deep pockets.... a realization that always sends me reeling as I consider the implications of being or getting lost and no way to find myself.
Other times I'll find it and glance at it more for reassurance than anything else, glad to know that I have a compass.... and knowing very well that consulting it will not get me out of the murk that I am at that particular moment working hard to stay in or run from.
For many are the times when I will seek to figure out where it is I am headed.... and it will clearly show me True North... usually in the direction opposite of where I'll be facing... and turning around in a wide circle will do nothing to change that... I'll try moving it to my left... right... up, down and it always leaves me more confused than I was in the beginning...
So for my own sanity... and that of those who's lives I captain... I refrain from consulting it till I really have to... and like Jack's, my fate - or is it Destiny, seems to always intervene at the very last moment.... circumventing disaster after last disaster and replenishing that supply of carribean brew that is so reminscent of that blinding concoction Mama Shei used to sell us in her illicit brewing and dispensing establishment.