Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Who the BLEEP wants to be skinny?

Society today tells us that to be successful and happy we have to be beautiful – and to be beautiful we must be skinny. We see it in every advertisement, every movie and every TV series. Due the lack of a real education system that aims at making us conscious human beings and more than just consumers, the triad of advertising-TV-Cinema becomes the real ‘educator’ telling us what is and what isn’t desirable. Alas, this modern ideal of skinniness as beauty is not harmonious and leads to many problems that affect us as individuals and as a society today.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

WHAT IS VERY STRANGE about Dr. Strange!

Last week I wrote a post about the film ‘Dr. Strange’ – about how much I liked it, especially in the context of the way it depicts MAGIC. I also pointed out some of the shortcomings of the manner in which this topic is addressed in the film. After many have read that post and I received many questions and comments about the film – about both its strong sides and its shortcomings – I will dedicate this post to a couple of key elements which unfortunately take this film in a very bad direction.

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Indeed, this film deftly approaches the topic of MAGIC – of the possibilities that open before us when we utilize more fully the Human Technology which is at our disposal (about this – read the previous post entitled ‘WHAT IS NOT SO STRANGE about Dr. Strange’). However, Human Technology, like any form of technology, is neither good nor bad – it is neutral. It can be used in constructive or destructive ways. The film makes a couple of choices, which subtle and hard to notice as they may be for some, are none the less taking the application of the principles presented in this movie into a disharmonious and a possibly destructive direction. These unfortunate choices are actually fundamental dilemmas that many spiritual practitioners who aim to better themselves face often on their path – and so we would benefit from understanding these.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WHAT IS NOT SO STRANGE about Dr. Strange?

Last night I went to see the new film 'Doctor Strange'. I enjoyed this film very much. Beyond the great humor and spectacular effects – it also addresses a topic which is very dear to my heart – magic.