HBO’s Temple Grandin

Claire Danes as Temple Grandin in HBO’s biopic

I was inspired by Claire and Temple at the Emmys. As fortune had it, last night Temple Grandin was on HBO and it caught my boyfriend’s eye while flipping channels.  We watched it start to finish and finally turned off the TV around 1am.  (This in itself proves the movie is worth watching, as on a work night I rarely can keep my eyes open later than 11:30pm!)

My first introduction to Temple Grandin was earlier this year, when I read The Ominvore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen.  (Great book, by the way!) I, like Pollen, was impressed by Grandin’s commonsense and ethical approach. This was reiterated in the film.

“I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”
—Temple Grandin


The inspirational Temple Grandin

The story HBO presented of Grandin, who has autism and didn’t even speak until she was four years old, was intelligent, touching and inspirational. Temple persevered through challenges that would make most of us want to give up forever.  She graduated college, got a Master of Science degree and her Doctorate, and is now one a professor in Colorado. She is also an expert consultant to the livestock industry in animal behavior.

This was a very interesting, emotional and beautiful film. It shows you how cruel people can be to others who are different than they are, and it reminds you that no matter what you are going through, there are always others who face much tougher challenges in their daily lives. And in Temple’s case, she showed us that if you really want to do something, and are determined enough and work hard enough, you can truly accomplish anything.
Kudos to HBO and kudos to Temple Grandin!
Learn more about Temple and the movie based on her life on HBO’s site.

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