Find the Right Path with Pocahontas

PocahontasandJohn.jpgI knew it at eight years old and I know it today—Pocahontas rocks!  As a kid I loved her because she rode in a canoe, climbed and talked to trees, had a pet raccoon, and followed her heart. Today I love her for all those reasons and then some. Not only is the 1995 Disney film artistically stunning, but its heroine actually shows viewers the importance of independence, intuition, and moral courage while the movie as a whole illustrates a sense of identity that extends beyond finding one’s “other half.”

Unfortunately, its profundity is undermined by its packaging. Pocahontas’s busty and leggy appearance does nothing to showcase the deeper themes of the film but rather draws attention to the importance of feminine physique. The lingering close up of her face when she meets John Smith further enforces the value of a woman’s exotic beauty in the eyes of a man as opposed to her character. Still, there’s much to celebrate about this flick so let’s take a look! Continue reading “Find the Right Path with Pocahontas”

A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 3)

Here is the last part of my review of this awesome movie!

BEWARE: Conatins spoilers!

            Now, there’s one more thing that really stuck out to me about this movie, and that is: Harvey Dent.  He is an especially interesting character because he begins as Gotham’s “White Knight,” trusting in a bright tomorrow. However, after his beloved Rachel is killed and his own face is seriously burned, he is at his lowest point and is filled with doubt. The Joker wastes no time in attacking Dent where he is weakest. He comes to Dent’s hospital room, laughingly disguised in a female nurse’s uniform and torments him until, finally, Dent gives in and becomes evil himself. Every time this part of the movie appears, I want to shout at the screen, “Don’t do it Harvey! Don’t believe the Joker! Just trust in good a little bit longer!” If Dent could see the ridiculousness of the Joker’s appearance and recognize his mind games, he would likely have laughed—after all, the Joker is a clown! It’s when we get so deeply engrossed in our own personal problems that we fail to see the whole picture. Dent gets sucked into thinking life is all about chance. He chooses revenge and, as noted before, this quality of evil destroys itself. In the end, Harvey Dent is destroyed by (who else?) Batman. In my own experience, this reminds me to put unshakable trust in God, good, even if things look bad because I might not see everything going on—I might not see the way God is overcoming evil for me. However, as The Dark Knight illustrates, good will always triumph and in order for me to see (and understand) this victory I need to hold on to good, God. “Step by step will those who trust Him find that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’” (Science and Health, 444:10, emphasis added).

A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 1)

BEWARE: Contains spoilers!

            One night as I sat cozily smashed between two friends, watching one of my favorite modern movies, The Dark Knight, I realized that this movie serves as a great metaphor for Christian Scientists! To me, it illustrates the way good, God, always triumphs over evil.

            As a Christian Scientist, I overcome evil by understanding its powerlessness in the presence of good, God. God is, of course, always present. However, sometimes evil can seem very powerful and overwhelming. From the very beginning of The Dark Knight, the Joker seems to have complete control over those around him. The first plan that he executes is a bank robbery, which is accomplished by a team of miscreants who are killed off, one by one, until the Joker escapes alone with all the money. This bit alone reminds me of the importance to act with right motives and high morals because when we choose greed, hate, willfulness, etc. we can only expect to be killed off. When we acknowledge the presence of the good that comes from God by acting with generosity, love, humility, etc. we will witness God’s goodness everywhere and see the destruction of evil. The discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that, “The only power of evil is to destroy itself” (186:18). It is, in fact, evil being killed off, not man, who is God’s creation (and whom He declares as “very good” in Genesis 1:31). Continue reading “A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 1)”

Something to Say

This article was published in the November 2009 issue of the The Christian Science Sentinel. It describes how I overcame feelings of inadequacey and shyness.

SOMETHING TO SAY

As I plunged into my first year of college I looked up to the Resident Assistants as strong, unselfish, and caring leaders of the community. It was during my freshman year that I decided I wanted to be an RA, too, someday!

I became an RA my junior year, but first, I had to complete almost ten weeks of training at the end of sophomore year. Twice a week the group of new RAs, the two Freshman Resident Counselors, and the Freshman Housing Director met for two hours to discuss topics like the metaphysical purpose of the college, leadership responsibilities of our job, and the ultimate cause of the Christian Science movement. I listened attentively to the inspiring and insightful ideas shared during these sessions, but I was also painfully aware that I had not contributed any comments of my own. Continue reading “Something to Say”