AMBIENT THOUGHT – EPISODE One Hundred Thirty Three: Who Is Unbreakable?

The following and all of the other episodes to come are snapshots of what goes on in my head, now and in the past. There are times none of this will make sense. There will be times when I might get lucky and the blog I post will be well constructed and will flow like a mountain stream to an awaiting lake below. Other times it will seem like the ramblings of a madman and you’ll ask yourself, “What the……?”
You should probably get used to the latter.



I talk about pop culture a lot to help me make a point. Or I find something enlightening from the message a movie, a TV show, or a book has in it. Some of those are obvious, some or not. Sometimes it’s a little, tiny thing I see that I think has great importance.

This not one of those.

This is something that is talked about in a movie that is on my top ten favorite films of all time. I can watch over and over and get as much enjoyment out of it, regardless of what number I’m on.

In November 14th of 2000, the film Unbreakable debuted. Some consider it to be M. Night Shyamalan’s greatest movie to date. I have to say I agree with that statement.  It’s a movie with a surprise ending, one that I didn’t see coming. Some did. But I feel sorry for those people. I don’t think they were as deep into the movie like I was. Not only was I enjoying the film, but I was also living it. I felt like I knew every character. I felt like I could reach out and touch them.

There’s a point in the film where Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) explains to David (Bruce Willis) about he feels like he’s on one end of a spectrum. His bones are brittle and easily broken. Then why can’t someone be on the other end of the spectrum where their bones don’t break easily or, maybe, not at all.

That is something I think about a lot. That damn spectrum.

Is it possible, in the real world, we can have two people on the opposite ends of a spectrum? I mean, osteogenesis imperfecta (what Mr. Glass has) is a real thing. There are people who have bones that break very easily. Then why can’t there be someone that is completely the opposite? Isn’t life built on balance? There is day and night, light and dark, good and evil and every shade in between. It has to be possible that it’s true. Human beings, even though we mostly are alike regardless of color or gender, we’re all individuals. It’s our insides that make us who we are. And sometimes those ‘insides’ are more unique than normal.

Let’s talk about the outsides. Humans come in all shapes and sizes. Most are the architects of how they look. If you’re overweight (I’m raising my hand), most of us have the power to lose it if we try. But there are some that have a thyroid problem that makes it nearly impossible to lose weight, no matter how hard they focus on eating right and exercising. It’s ‘built-in’. Then there are those that are thinner than others. They eat and eat and try to gain weight but based on a high metabolism, it’s difficult.
Some people are born to have crooked teeth (I’m raising my hand again) and it’s no fault of theirs. And some are born to have perfect teeth. Those pearly whites are straight and white. There are those that deal with bad acne all their lives and those that have flawless skin.
It’s mostly in our genetics. It’s what is passed down to us from ancestors and it comes from their environment, both physical and emotional.

Then there are those things that are buried in our DNA so far down, it doesn’t raise its head except for one time in a family. Maybe someone is born with extra toes or fingers. It hasn’t happened before in their family stream but for once. Or maybe an extra ear or gills or webbed toes or born without eyes. All of these have happened.
What about the inside anomalies? There have been people born where the insides are on the opposite sides of their bodies compared to ninety-nine percent of the people in the world. There are people born with higher blood pressures but are completely healthy.

Now, let’s get crazy.

What do you think about psychic powers? What if there are people who are born with these powers? What if….we are all born with these powers but only a few actually discover them within ourselves? And of those few, what if there are only one or two that learn how to use them?
Sounds silly? Sure.
But there was one time when people that were born different from others were thought of being possessed or brought into this world by the devil. Some women were burned at the stake during the witch trials just because they had a higher intellect than the men. People (even other women due to nurture) could not get it through their thick skulls that a woman could be smart and want something more than sitting at home, having children, and making meals. Here are women that decided she didn’t need a man in her life. Or she didn’t like men at all. OH MY!!!!! Burn her!!!!!!!!

That’s because we couldn’t think on that level.

Again, what if someone was more special than everybody else? What if they were stronger than they should be? What if they were able to move things without touching them? What if someone knew what was going to happen before it happened?
And what if we all had something we could do that wasn’t the norm?

So…we have a group of people on one end. They are very fragile that their bones break easily, too easily. There are people who are naturally physically weak and it makes it hard for them to get around. There are people who can’t remember what happened just a few minutes ago.

Can’t there be people on the other end like the movie suggests?

Maybe the norm isn’t the norm.

Go home and try moving that empty glass across the table without touching it with your hands. Or feet. No cheating. Who knows? Maybe you’re unbreakable, too

-Loyd Elmore
December 7th, 2018


I’ve decided to keep a blog about how I’m dealing with depression. I’m going to consider this a form of therapy. It might not help anybody else but it might help me. 


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