I have always hated the character of Ruth DeWitt Bukater in the landmark 1997 film "Titanic." To be fair, I think I was supposed to. Sorry, Frances Fisher; you seem like a lovely lady but you will evermore be associated with the role of Rose's evil mother.
Let's face it, she was about the worst on-screen parent since "Mommy Dearest," no? #AtLeastRuthWasFictional
Either way, the uptight, snobbish, entitled, selfish witch was so awful that she was forcing her daughter into a loveless marriage that would secure her OWN financial future. She was horrid to the point of Rose contemplating ending it all off the front of the ship. #SheWouldntHaveJumped
And yet, Ruth wasn’t entirely wrong about EVERYTHING. I mean, in 1912, women had very limited career advancement options—-in fact, they weren’t really respected or regarded well in the business world ...or pretty much any place beyond the kitchen.
Either way, trying to explain why she was putting such a burden on Rose, Ruth explained that it was her dead husband’s fault for leaving them in debt —to which her daughter replied, “It's so unfair.” Said Ruth, “Of course it's unfair. We're women. Our choices are never easy.”
Boy, have we come a long was since then. Or have we? Hmm.
All I know is, in 2018, I certainly hope we’ve evolved beyond limiting, hindering, disparaging or mitigating ANY one based on their race, gender, whom they choose to love or if they like to wear plaid mixed with polka dots, Capisce?
Ps 117:1bc, 2 R. (Mark 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News. R. Alleluia. Praise the LORD, all you nations; glorify him, all you peoples! For steadfast is his kindness toward us, and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever. Alleluia Jn 6:56 Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.