The name itself brings image of a man in our mind that is matured, wise, caring yet extremely ruthless, calculated & who loves to have everything around him under his sole control! He pretends to fear the God yet tries to be one by himself for the people who are around him. In Christen Religion Godfather is the person named after, at the time of Baptismal & who becomes your life time care taker. But the term has been wrongly taken up by the Mafia Lords as it seems to be the best cover or mask under which they could get sympathy of common man.
I read the novel at age of thirteen & it may be very wrong age to read such stuff! As any philosophy to adopt it without understanding both sides of it is a danger, especially "Everything in this world is at sale, one should know the price" types! And once you know the price of the sale then comes, another one, "I will give him such a offer which he won’t be able to refuse"! Well very impressive logic to survive in the world but then one has to know every deal has two sides, same way every offer has two ends. When you say everything has a price then that means you are ready to pay any price to buy that piece! When you say I will offer him which he won’t be able to refuse means you are ready to offer whatever you have or even whatever you don’t have! But you will see that he gets whatever you have offered. Why a kid but even how many grownups can understand the real danger in this deal or offer is the main question! The Godfathers’ offer is not a threat to the other person but in a way it’s a threat to him as he can & he will go to any level to make the deal he wants to do.
Yet some where Godfather is dearer to many than the system in which we live & it is because the system has failed to deliver as per the expectation of the common man! Godfather has emerged now nearly fifty years back but unfortunately we haven’t learned anything from the success of the Godfather that in actual its defeat of the entire society that we need a Godfather around to protect us & give us justice. Rather the term Godfather is so common that right from Politics to Business to Bollywood, everywhere we hear the term very frequently & many successful people admits that they are there because of their Godfather! Well they even may not know the meaning of what actually Godfather means, yet the essence is same. We are losing faith is our own capabilities & the system & don’t believe that something like natural justice exists & that’s why we need a Godfather for us to succeed. Actually the Godfather didn’t have any Godfather for himself, he became one as he saw the opportunity of being one by himself. The Godfather characteristics one can’t acquire, they have to be within us & it only surfaces when they see an opportunity for the same. By acquiring one can’t ever be as cunning or ruthless & calculative about everything like the Godfather is; a person is born with these. It’s an attitude which becomes a philosophy of life once you accept those principles for living.
Long back my one good friend once asked me over a debate on the character & his ways of money earning, that if there is a robber who is very wealthy & has earned a lot in his business which obviously is crime; and the village he comes from needs a hospital. So if he offers to take on responsibility of all the funding required for the hospital & without any expectation such as of even naming the hospital by his name, shall the villagers accept it? Till today I am unable to reply firmly, as the hospital is a sure need for the village but then is it right to accept the money which has been generated by looting the people. On the other hand what better use from the looted money can be there if not hospital! Well the dilemma is same while accepting Godfather as a philosophy
Lastly something very interesting, friends do you know Marlon Brando who played the character in the epic movie based on the novel Godfather, by same name, refused to accept the Oscar for his role because he didn’t want to promote the glorification of crime! Well again like the question asked by my friend about the robber & the temple, I am not sure what Brando did is right or wrong, yet the act suggests that The Godfather wasn’t perfect after all!
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