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Ok — so it appears that the Yeti worldview is fear-based, and has the effect of making the world smaller.

Before we consider any comparison between this and the Judeo-Christian “thing,” we should keep in mind that the film sets the Stonekeeper’s doctrine against a parallel (though less explored) worldview — namely, that of contemporary Western society.

I would argue that the two bear greater similarity to each other than does either to the Judeo-Christian worldview.

This is important, because there is a temptation to make the modern perspective the standard against which the “small world” of the Yetis is measured.  But if we do this, we are acting out of step with the film itself — (more…)

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[NOTE: Some spoilers follow.]

So look up at the sky in any kind of weather, and imagine you are looking at the hind quarters of the great Sky Yak out of whose butt your remotest ancestors fell.

That’s what’s up above.  Below, the base of your home rests upon (more…)

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Well, it’s September.

For many of us, it’s back-to-school season.  I am sure of there being more than one teacher — and perhaps an especially astute student or so as well — who can perceive a sort of sick humor in the situation of Labor Day at the beginning of the month.

It’s as if the Genius of the Calendar, not content with (more…)

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Okay — last time we talked about how we all tend to wear masks to conceal our true selves, and to hide from the shame we carry within us…

But every now and then, rays of light will slip past our masks, touching our hearts and minds in some way. This we can call wonder.

We can all appreciate the occurrence of wonder.  But we also realize that when we take off our masks, our scars are exposed.

Then what? (more…)

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Well I love inspirational stories, but I can’t say I’m over-fond of Hallmark, Lifetime, or any other similar storytelling outlets.  And for essentially the same reason…

…that is, I think inspirational stories are important, and should be taken seriously (no offense intended to those who like Hallmark or Lifetime; let us be content with begging to differ).

Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder has that happy distinction of being a tearjerker without being a nerve-jerker, a movie that tugs at the heartstrings without (more…)

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Welcome to “Cinema Saturday,” a variation of the “Film Clip Friday” thing I tried a couple years ago.

Merry Christmas! 🙂

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In part one, I made the point that learning information doesn’t make sense (pun intended) apart from its sensory basis in early life — when, in philosophical terms, we start to abstract form from matter.

And I noted the sensory dysregulation that comes with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and its potential consequences for information processing.

Now we turn to an even older principle, to which English poet and Theologian Charles Williams referred as co-inherence. (more…)

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