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    What kind of person can have the job that Ryan has and not be effected by it? The young woman can't. Clooney's life is as empty as his hotel apartment in Omaha. No, it doesn't give us much about his character except that he is unable to connect to people. Even his own family. We don't really need to know why, because what's important is what kind of person can do that job?

    A person who can't feel, has no empathy, lives in an emotional void. Yeah, he likes being up in the air, likes being in motion, because if he sits still for a minute, he gets trapped inside his own emptiness.

    For a moment, his affair with the woman begins to open him up. Even to the point where he talks his sister's groom into going thru with the wedding, and he gives up a lot of miles for their travels.

    And the idea of the cutup of the couple . . . Ryan is as void as that cutup. He might as well be a cutup. He travels all over, but only sees hotel rooms. It's like he's never there. He's never anywhere, except up in the air.

    He's above all those poor souls he fires, above all the problems and delights of people living their lives on the ground. He's like an alien, which is why he can be so good at his job.

    He's totally shut down emotionally.

    All those people being downsized in the movie, even though we only got a minute or so of them, there wasn't one that didn't touch my heart. I felt immediate empathy, compassion with and for them. I could never do Ryan's job.

    I also think Ryan points to the execs who are also heartless in firing all these people. What kind of people do this to their fellow humans? Only those who are sociopaths or are completely shutdown emotionally.

    "If religion is the opiate of the masses, then fundamentalism is the amphetamine." Miz Vittitow

    by MillieNeon on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 11:02:49 PM PST

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