What If You Were Taken? – RHETORICS
Have you ever seen any of the movies in the “Taken” franchise?
I haven’t, but I have a fair idea about the movies.
At this point, who doesn’t?
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.”
Don’t you feel the chills as you read through that? Who watches the movie without getting moved?
I have actually seen very few Liam Neeson movies, but I heard if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen it all.
How true is that? I have my doubts, but what do you think?
The most important lesson from the taken movies for me is the power of love. How far we will go for those we love. No questions asked.
What did you learn? Or were you too busy with the action sequences and forgot about any morals?
Sometimes, I can’t help having strange thoughts. Thoughts like what if I get taken, who would come for me?
Sure, someone will contact the Nigerian Police Force, but how far will the police go?
And away from the police, who would place so much value on me as to try a rescue operation?
Who would risk their lives to come saving me?
I know a few people that if their dads got the “taken” call, their response will be “Okay.”
Just okay. Their wahala is so much that their dad would never be in a hurry to regain them.
He might say “let him learn a thing or two.”
Or “let me even rest a bit.” He might even ask you “what were you doing that you got taken?”
Who did you offend? Didn’t I ask you to stop hanging out with those boys? I am certain they got you in this problem.
You know your own father, what will he say?
And I know some people who are such thorns in their mothers’ skins, that their mum would say “leave him there small, maybe he will learn a thing or two.”
Are you one of such children?
At the end of the day, the kind of value you bring, minus the stress you produce, will determine how “savable” you are considered to be.
Just as importantly, if all your family and friends decide to come save you, how many of them are mentally and physically fit enough to survive the attempt?
Which of them possesses “a certain set of skills”? Who among them won’t run out of breath after running for a hundred meters?
With this possibility in mind, I have decided to get fit and also get fit friends. If one of us gets taken, someone must be able to do something.
What about you?