All I could think of when I first saw the Sean Penn/El Chapo photos this weekend was that Jeff Spicoli’s dream came true –or maybe he was just placing a bulk order.
For the last couple of days I’ve been wondering why a respected actor and humanitarian meet with such a purveyor of pure evil? Penn had to know that by publishing such an interview (and by giving up editorial control) he would be giving aid and comfort to a man with blood on his hands.
St. Francis de Sales taught, “Be who you are and be that well”. Penn (and other entertainers whose forays into public discourse often highlight their ignorance) doesn’t seem satisfied to do that. As successful, as lauded for his craft and his work in Haiti as he was, Penn must have felt the need for more.
Persevere in thoroughly conquering yourself in the small daily contradictions you receive . . . know that God wishes nothing of you at present but that. Do not sow your desires in another’s garden, but cultivate well your own.” St. Francis de Sales
Maybe El Chapo should learn not to sow . . . Sorry, I got off track there. Anyway, this quote has been one of my favorites since I
retired became an empty nester. What does God want from me in this new season of life? As you know, I flirted with a Big Change–until I realized the massive amount of time and effort required would short-change my husband, my friends, my health and well-being and my dogs. I need to learn the peace of sowing joy in my own garden.
And maybe Spicoli should stick with “some tasty waves, a cool buzz and I’m fine”.
What would we do for entertainment if it weren’t for Sean Penn and his ilk? I see your frustration with the actor here, but in this instance, I think Sean Penn may very much have been “being himself.” This latest caper was much more entertaining for me than any of Penn’s latest movies, which I am sure are great artistic achievements in their own right, just not on my radar screen.
I was not that surprised by Penn’s behavior (see old joke about the scorpion crossing the river) but I was shocked at Penn’s defender, Matt Damon, saying that meetings like this are just “part of what we do in our job really well,” and “I’m sure he was pursuing something creatively.” I can practically hear John Lovitz in the background saying, “Aaaacting!” So meeting with a wanted criminal and not involving law enforcement is OK because they’re actors? Attention future felons! You have a new defense. Forget insanity, just site the “creative process.”
While I am sure Penn had many noble aspirations in meeting with a drug lord, the point you raise is a good one. This whole incident would have been a great opportunity to seek guidance in prayer. How can you truly know yourself, your motivations or what path to take without prayer? That is, unless you are your own higher power. As Francis de Sales also said:
Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.
Such good advice for all of us and so hard to accept. Don’t get too upset about Mr. Penn. He is just being who he is. Here is another great de Sales quote, “…do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever.” Ooh, I really need to remember that next time we are doing homework.
Just so glad Charlize Theron is not with him any more.
Now, go enjoy some meditation and drug-free inner peace. And maybe some pizza. Aloha.