He reminiscences about striking out in the championship baseball game back in high school and how his entire life would have been different if he'd "just hit the goddamn baseball."
|No Mr. Matthew Drudge, Baltimore spiraled long ago into just another Africa in America city...|
The bartender, played with haunting brilliance by Michael Caine, turns out to possess otherworldly powers and changes the past, allowing Belushi's to see what his life would have been like if he had hit the baseball.
Sure, it may sound as if Mr. Destiny is a rip-off of A Christmas Carol or It's a Wonderful Life, but it's a story whose fundamental philosophical question plagues all men: what if?
Two words seemingly uttered whenever the present offers a set of circumstances for a future you never intended; what if only a different decision had been made that day back in college or what if I had taken a right instead of a left?
Worrying about the past will not change the present or impact your future either negatively or positively. Instead, you'll forever be reminded about a decision you made which you can't change; it's already been made.
Which brings us to today, only 24 hours removed from the black insurrection in 65 percent black Baltimore.
Nothing we can do today can change the fact the United States of America has irrevocably changed to the point the President of the United States is once again (as he did in the case of Michael Brown, when three members of his administration went to the "Gentle Giant's" funeral) dispatching a member of his administration to the funeral of a black male who failed to follow the orders of police officers and ended up dead. [Obama to send aide to funeral of arrested Baltimore man, Baltimore Sun, April 26, 2015]:
The White House says the head of President Barack Obama's initiative for minority males will attend the funeral of a Baltimore man who died after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody. Broderick Johnson, the chairman of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force, will represent the administration at Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray. Johnson is also the Cabinet secretary. Gray is the 25-year-old black man who died a week after an encounter with Baltimore police left him with grave spinal injuries. He is being buried Monday in Baltimore.
The White House said Sunday night that Johnson, a Baltimore native, will be accompanied by two other officials. Mourners paid their respects before Gray's coffin on Sunday, after a night of violent protests led to nearly three dozen arrests.Seems like Broderick Johnson should just be relegated to attending every funeral of a black person killed by either a white Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) or a white person. [President Obama sending three White House officials to Michael Brown’s funeral: Leading the group for Monday's service will be the chairman of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson., New York Daily News, 8-24-14]
This is the world we live in 2015. Hoping, wishing, or dreaming something had happened differently in past will not alter the present course of events we must live through and endure. [For Orioles fans, it was a strange night all around, Baltimore Sun, 4-26-15]:
The Orioles closed the gates at Oriole Park late Saturday night and forced fans to remain inside for their own safety as violent protesters continued to menace the area around the ballpark, causing both consternation and understanding in the stadium concourses.
"Very strange,'' said Steve Cockey of Canton, "from being whisked in here. They were just ripping tickets, just getting people in as quickly as possible, which I've never seen. They did not do the metal detectors. Very, very strange. I've never been trapped in the ballpark before.
"And then, obviously, the game on the field was a very strange ninth inning. Very bizarre."
Matt Winter of Bethesda waited by the D Gate, which eventually was opened at about 10 p.m., and tried to make sense of everything that had gone on Saturday in Baltimore.
"It's strange to be locked in," Winter said. "I think it's just an abundance of caution by the police, because there are people out there doing stuff. They're trying to be careful. It's very frustrating. It's a very bad situation all around and people are trying to deal with the best way they can."
Fans were advised after the game to take special care to move through areas of downtown that have a visible police presence.What Matt Winter doesn't understand is that those white baseball fans locked in beautiful Camden Yards in Baltimore, because of rioting and marauding black people outside the stadium, is representative of every white person in America.
Black-Run America (BRA).
We are held hostage by black people and their dysfunction, with any moment (case in point Officer Darren Wilson defending his life from an attacking Brown and the media immediately highlighting the lie of "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" and the subsequent enraging of blacks everywhere) only tightening the shackles on our future, enabling an entire nation where the quality of life found in currently 65 percent black Baltimore is the norm.
There's no time for what ifs?
Nothing can change the past, and presently the future for all of the United States of America looks like nothing more than the decaying memory of what whites built long ago in Baltimore.
May the day come when we stop asking what if? and instead state no more!
We can't change the past; but only we can begin to change our present to ensure we have a future.