Had it not been a friend who recommended me to watch the latest Hollywood movie, The Post, I would have whiled away my time scrolling all my social media accounts to gratify my dull senses, that flare up every weekend. The intuitive decision emerged from a pool of other bleak plans.
The power of making a decision does not lie in the profits it will deliver but whether it did be befitting to ourselves or not. Will the decided-aspect be comforting or will it deliver friction to the productive sustenance? Apart from all of the future results, the exact moment of decision is crucial to me. One is left on a narrow ridge, totally directionless. Hovered by prickly anxiety, you have to decide on what side will you hop, but you are clueless about which valley will hurt you more!
However, the decision-making moment has always been tricky. Taking an overview after few years, one mocks at oneself of being so heavy-hearted and grim-faced for such a minuscule facet of life. Basically, in future, the same resolved issue is a perfect case for us to study on how and why of the matter.
Coming back to that sensitive moment of taking a decision, we feel like being juxtaposed between the darkest of the colors of our mind. Fear, confusion, inhibitions, excitement, overthinking, others opinions, the selfish motive, and the betterment of team (workers or family and friends, etc.), together are screaming their lungs out. The chaos is brimming. But, this all exists because we entertain them. Flip your conscientious mechanism and your decision is naked to you.
The Post—A Tale of Decision
The Post is about the legendary and entrepreneurially-expert lady, Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), bright-natured Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), of the The Washington Post newspaper, as their main protagonists. The whole movie exposes the scenario of how the successive presidents of US have tampered the truth of Vietnam wars by not disclosing the facts to the masses. The movie re-reels the reality of the 1970s.
Cutting it short, it was Katherine Graham’s birthday, the day when she had to decide whether she prints the papers or slide under the rat-hole of bickering consequences-laden fear. She, remarked for how bosses (how I have experienced dutifully delivering my solicited pieces of advice to one of them) make their decisions by accepting the genuine thinking process of their confidantes, considers the opinion of same close associate over a conference call with all other male-board members of The Washington Post. Like always, he (the associate) decides on the grounds of what is right and wrong for the firm. But this time she is not in tandem with his opinion, rather her instincts make her believe the original pure objective of running a reputed and revered media company—the service of spreading true information to each home.
The scene: Katherine Graham is alone in her cabinet attired in a beautiful golden-brocade, beige-tinted gown, clutching the phone, the forehead does not reveal a wrinkle of her perplexed state, while her eyes are imagining the farthest most permutations of the unsuitable repercussions that might occur due to her forthcoming righteous decision. So, to say, if there are ten officials over the conference call, only one backed her. She does it with a vigor yet maintains her solid composure. She assertively decides to run the Pentagon Papers.
Katherine Graham had inherited the firm from his husband, after his death. She is sensitive, emotive and yet politically professional enough to take the charge when it is essentially needed. The movie strengthens the facts that wisest are the those who possess the determined capability to take decisions over the ones who walk in the lanes of timidity.