Friday, December 28, 2007

Updated Mayhem

Yes, indeed.

Back to Ireland, I.

I return on the tenth.


Sunday, December 23, 2007

After All That

Short post. Ready? Go.

Tomorrow we pick up Dipotso and Mahau from the Lansing Airport. It's tight; I haven't seen them in...five years? Damn. I bet a lot has changed. Things in Africa went wrong when Dipotso went back to Botswana from MSU, and now she's going to school in Texas for her PhD. Yeah. She's tight.

And after all that jazz, I might be boarding a plane myself. Back to Ireland, I.



[Merry Christmas.]

Saturday, December 08, 2007

My Schpiel on The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass is one of the best movies of the year, in my opinion. With an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman (Marisa Coulter), Eva Green (Serafina Pekkala), Daniel Craig (Lord Asriel), Ian McKellen (Iorek Byrnison), Sam Elliot (Lee Scoresby), and a phenomenal performance by child-actress Dakota Blue Richards (Lyra Belacqua), this movie is complete, total entertainment. There is never a dull line in the entire movie, and the computer graphics are stunning. Not to mention the score...which was quite impressive as well.

So why the big fuss?

The movie (and it's obvious two sequels) is based on a trilogy by a professed Atheist who said, point-blank, that "these books are about killing God". Evidently, this pissed the Christians off quite well because most of the people I've encountered prior to seeing the movie said things like: "No! That nasty movie?" or "Boycott it!" or "It's about killing GOD!"


What these people are worked up about is this: If people take their kids to see the movie, they'll get hooked on the first one (very true) and their kids would want to buy the books (maybe true) and then kids will ultimately grow up to want to kill god (not so true).

My opinion?

For oneself: If one has a strong faith rooted deeply in a certain thing, then a movie will not ever change that.

For one's children: If one brings the kids to the movie, they buy the books and the movies when they come out, and become obsessed, fine. I have a difficult time believing that children will rally together to "kill god" because of a trilogy. If one's children are raised properly or in a certain way, it is not likely for the children to depart from that teaching. Even if they do, the children are going to make their own decisions anyway, and The Golden Compass (and the other two) is far from the worst influence in the world.

Three very prominent things that I wish to point out are these: Free Will, Daemons and Demons, and the picture of "killing God".

First, the author/director makes it very clear in the first movie that one cannot have free will if one lives under a religion. Hmm. I just rolled my eyes at this and smiled a bit. Why? This is why.

To the Christians: Biblically, you have free will. You have freedom of choices and make them as you do. So does everybody else.

To the Atheists: The same argument, only you love to do as you please anyway. What's going to change that? Nothing. The author sounds as if he's just afraid of being told what to do. Strong-willed, iron-fisted, and stubborn; that's all. He still has free will and would continue to have it were he religious.

So quiet down, everybody.

The movie exists in a parallel universe where a person's soul lives outside his/her body in the form of an animal friend, or 'daemon'. This is the only thing that I feel is truly backwards about the first movie.

Daemons are pictures of 'demons' that paint them to be a best friend, a soul, and one that a child or adult cannot live without because of the phenomenon of 'dust'. In our world, however, people realize that demons are not souls of people except in the case of possession and they are not present to relay feelings of friendship. They are, by definition, evil spirits.

Now, the author's interpretation of demons/daemons has little potential to hurt anybody, only perhaps give slight confusion. However, for those of us who can sense demonic oppression, it may seem a trifle more dangerous to confuse them with something friendly.

I'll make this brief. In the third book, the author sets his two main characters out to kill a weak, powerless, incapable 'god'. My opinion? Let them kill him! That's not who God is. It can't be, because I see God move and I feel demons moving and the real world is way more twisted than the author's parallel universe.

Take some advice: buy a ticket and see the movie. It's truly phenomenal, inventive, and superlative to many movies. It does not shove Atheism down throats as well as The Chronicles of Narnia did not shove Christianity down throats. The Golden Compass will not tear down the walls of religion or convert avid Christians into fanatic Atheists, nor will it destroy faith-potential of the entire population of the world's children.

Take a deep breath, watch the story unfold, and just enjoy it. Besides, it's a great conversation-starter.


Wednesday, December 05, 2007





 usual, this jumbled mess has nothing to do with the word "profound"...

but it is my diversion from a world where




...or just remembering

...or bitter

...or daydreaming

...or insane

Either way,

I'm doomed kids.


Sunday, December 02, 2007

Against Who?

I haven't much to say today, only this: the Bible is the craziest book I've ever read.

I am under the obligation to believe everything it says, and I do, but that's not the point. It's the interpretation that throws me.

For my entire life I focused on the "was and is" part of the book, because it was, and it is applicable to the present. However, the "is to come" part I never gave much thought to, until now.

This is because, not only does it foreshadow a drastic turning point for the Jewish faith and the middle east, but I have a very dear friend who could end up walking into a country raging with a deadly, global-scale war that she does not know about and has no business fighting.

Perhaps it's simple paranoia derived from loving my friend, and such a war may not even occur in our lifetime because its results may parallel endtimes. However, who am I to predict or interpret? I haven't any knowledge outside of what I read today and what we speculated from it, and coincidences may just be coincidenes. The facts are already coinciding, but we shall wait, read, and pray, I suppose.

Ezekiel 38+39