The Mark Hastings Experience – Episode #41: “Goodfellas”

“In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1990 American crime film “Goodfellas”, directed by Martin Scorsese – which is an adaptation of the 1985 non-fiction book “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay of “Goodfellas” with Scorsese. The premise of the film revolves around the rise and the fall of mob associate Henry Hill and his interactions with many people who were a member of organised crime in New York City between 1955 and 1980. The film stars Ray Little as Henry Hill, Lorraine Bracco as Karen Hill (Henry’s wife), Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway, Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito, and Paul Sorvino as Pauline Cicero, as well as many other incredible stand-out performances by many amazing actors. “Goodfellas” has continuously been highly regarded and heralded by both film critics and film fans alike as being one of the greatest films ever made, particularly in the gangster genre, since its release – and its content and style has been emulated numerous times on both television and in other films.”

My Poem “We Have It All”

I am different…
you are different…
everybody is different –
and yet we are all the same,
which I think is absolutely amazing!
I am on a different path,
you are in a different lane –
and yet so many people
find themselves at the same
moment of crossroads
when and where there is a vital
transference of knowledge and energy,
which can feel electrifying!
I am experiencing what I see
and what I feel around me personally,
you are interpreting everything
like only you can –
and yet when there is the discovery
of a breakthrough of life-changing proportions
people from all around the world
can gather together and herald
the arrival of yet another game-changer
in how we all live our lives.

I have never stopped being
in awe of the power and the poetry
of the universe that we can see
and measure with our own eyes
and with some of the instruments
that we have invented;
however, I know that all the secrets of existence
may never be known –
which is fine by me,
because there is more to be gained
by investigating the source of a riddle
than the eventual reveal of a mystery.

I understand the draw to explore…
I agree that we need to colonize
other worlds in order to know
more about the diversity of life
throughout the universe of galaxies…
I do not dispute that there are
other planets with other civilizations
living and thriving on them…
I would gladly take a ticket to ride
upon a rocket into orbit
or aboard a starship at warp-speed
to another part of the Milky Way galaxy –
but I do think that we all need to
look around at this world
that we live upon once in a while,
our home, and realize that right now
this is all that we have, this is who we are,
and if we could all just choose
to stop making so much of our
societies revolve around
corruption and greed
then everybody could have it all
because here on Earth
we have everything that
we could possibly need.