Showing posts from August, 2014

Avatar and the Pandoran Paradigm of History

What is interesting about movies like Avatar is how they help condition viewers to accept the myth that good always triumphs over evil. Of course, it doesn't, but stories that lead people to believe that it does are not only easier to sell, they also serve to perpetuate the myth that history is an unfolding story of God's wisdom and divine providence. And as profitable as it can be to the victors to have people believe that it is, it isn't.

Such stories, told over and over again, produce a paradigm through which people then see themselves and their own history. If good always triumphs over evil, as the paradigm suggests, than victory itself becomes the strongest proof that "God is with us," as was engraved on the belt buckle of the German soldier in 1930. Even the firebombing of Tokyo and the dropping of two atomic bombs on cities full of innocent civilians during World War II could not dislodge the belief that America is always on the side of truth, justice, and…

Contemplating Suicide & Robin Williams

"To be or not to be, that is the question"  Hamlet

Life will be better when I'm dead. This thought has crossed my mind, from time to time. And I know I'm not alone. With the recent suicide of Robin Williams, which has left many in shock, sadness, and disbelief, a new light shines on that darkness that leads so many to implode. That darkness works by whipping our thoughts into a hurricane, and dropping us into the middle of it. It's like having a little homunculus inside your head that reminds you that only the worst awaits, and all attempts to escape it are futile. Indeed, for many who have stood on the edge of that abyss, the powerful allure of the gaping maw below can seem like the only cure. But it isn't. And the thoughts that whisper to us that it is, are a lie.

Depression is a cancer of the mind, and while the effects of both depression and cancer are the same for those they attack directly, people's reaction to each can be very different. Cancer…

Soccer: Kryptonite of the Conservative Pundit

I have a confession to make. My great (who knows how many) grandfather was not only born in America, he was also the son of a congressman and governor, and fought as a Lieutenant-General in the American Civil War. But contrary to the "promise" Ann Coulter made to America recently, I watch soccer. In fact, during the World Cup, I watch nothing else.
In her blog post on June 25th, Coulter claimed that “America's favorite national past time is hating soccer.” Coulter's favorite national past time, on the other hand, is blaming everything she hates on liberals. If she hates asparagus, for example, it’s because liberals have ruined the universe.Soccer, which is clearly a sport Coulter is wholly unfamiliar with, is just her latest excuse for blaming the galaxy’s moral decline on liberals.The reason, according to her, is because liberals enjoy a sport that lacks a sufficient level of violence to keep the material universe from unraveling.For her, soccer is not only the spo…