[FoRK] The Golden Compass: AWEsome!
<lionkimbro at gmail.com> on
Sun Dec 2 16:47:01 PST 2007
I saw the GOLDEN COMPASS last night; It was AWE-some,
I hope you will all be able to relate with the RELIGIOUS FEELING
and dedication to SCIENCE, LIFE, and FREE INQUIRY that it
Anti-Evolutionary-Spirituality Atheists, beware, you're just being
set up for a trap. When you get to the Amber Spyglass, you'll
be hearing that:
"Dust is only a name for what happens
when matter begins to..."
Well, I won't spoil the answer; However, you've heard it before-
It's EXACTLY what I was saying, before the atheists here decided
that I needed to have my metaphorical teeth kicked in.
At any rate: Beware!
But back to the movie-- it's about SOUL, and the DAEMON.
It's about QUESTIONs and how to hold a LIVING INQUIRY.
You'll feel RELIGIOUS DEVOTION to the SHARED STORY
and perhaps a feeling of SOLIDARITY and a sort of
ENTHUSIASM. The symbols of GOLDEN SPARKS OF LIGHT,
the WISHES and DREAMS and CONSCIOUSNESS of LIFE
that have EVOLVED, the spark of MATTER, DUST...
There's lots to be AWEd by.
(Tom, I recommend that you *do not* go.
Entirely too much AWE; It's the type of AWE and REVERENCE
that can pull people into a war. Which, incidentally, is exactly
what the characters are gearing towards.)
So my recommendation is:
(and excuse me, I need to pull my bullet points out, ...
...there! All set and ready:)
* if you like a good movie, come check it out;
* if you hold life to be sacred, you'll find lots to chew on;
* if you're Catholic, my apologies; This will be a little difficult,
I'd still like to invite you to come, I hope you can find something
to be enthusiastic about, ...
* if you're an atheist, I think this is a beautiful introduction
to some of the key ideas of an emerging spirituality that
is predicated on science and reality, ...
(I also invite you to check out:
* ...but if you're a militant atheist, I think it's better
not to put your eggs into this trap!
"As for the "Authority" business, I've always made it clear that
theocracy - the political exercise of religious authority, which
is what the Magisterium in the story embodies - is a special
example of the regrettable tendency of humankind to believe in
"one size fits all" answers: to cling to the extreme of dogmatic
fundamentalism whether religious or not. In fact (and I've pointed
this out too many times to go through it all again) the purest
example of theocracy in the twentieth century was Soviet
Russia." -- Philip Pullman
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