Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Break, Continued

As always happens with me, by the middle of my school break I've managed to get back to the point where work takes all the time that I used to split between work & school. What's wrong with me?

But, alas, entertainment still must carve out some time. Here's the continued movies reviews:

Garden State: I suppose a bit sappy, but a very fine film with lots of real meaning. The characters were real to me, which I can't say about very many movies. And, although not really a comedy, this movie had some great subtle humor in it.

Anchorman: Better than Dodgeball. That's about all I can say.

SNL's Best of Adam Sandler: I hate to say it, but if you can make an exception for the Matt Foley sketch, the Sandler DVD is funnier than the Farley DVD. I'm surprised I'm saying that. And I mean no disrespect to extremely funny dead men. But the halloween song is just funnier every time I watch it.

And, Tommy, who did make fun of my previous Mellencamp reference, it's songs like: Peaceful World, Human Wheels, I'm Not Running Anymore, Teardrops Will Fall, Get a Leg Up. That's the stuff I'm talking about. It's not just about Jack & Diane & Small Town.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Winning Back Our Connections

"We only call for spirituality when our brokenness has reached a high point, when we can no longer bear our alienation and call out for some greater authority to heal our emotional suffering. We only cry for the spirit when alienation is advanced, when we feel debilitated and numbed by our dividedness."

"A new secular myth has grown up in our midst, and this is the myth of technological connectivity. It is a direct copy of our deep spiritual yearning, our desire to overcome our alienation, and it is doing very well at copying this yearning, and that is why connectivity is the number one international industry in the world today."

"This brave new world is based on computers, Internet, World Wide Web, email, link-ups and mobile phones, a proliferation of new and marvelous inventions that seek to put us in touch with each other."

"The new technology is a parody, an imitation which copies a spiritual connectedness that many of us have never experienced, but can only guess at."

"The hope for the future is that we can overcome our obsession with imitation, stand-ins, substitutes and copies, and face the nature of the real. Not just the surface real, but the deep real, from which surprising, alarming and transforming things emerge."

(taken from the Spirituality Revolution by David Tacey)