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In memory of the Scholl siblings Fresh start The personality of M. Bison Can afford to eat The pressures of growing up Going to Extremes Universalism in Christianity (not UU or New Age)? Something to think about Great pairing 'As Above, So Below' saying (ClOSED) **Baker's Dozen - films with an overly intellectual character (any way, shape, or form)** View all posts >


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May 3, 2021 Monday 11:40 PM ET [QUOTE]It is interesting to note the didactic quality of the monolith object. Some viewers have interpreted its vertical posture as mimicking those of human beings. The monolith can be seen as "Human Being in the fullness of its potential" (Kapferer 2014: 44), with its reappearance during human innovation as a representation of human possibility. The monolith's blackness and non-reflective attribute serves to reify its force as a medium that impels Human Being into itself, from out of which the unrealized becomes realized.[/QUOTE] One's potential never fails unless it is never realized. We can do anything in our power to help something, someone, or anything to succeed. Like planting a garden, we can keep on continuing to water and nurturing what is available to us, what is not originally ours to begin with. And yet, we find ourselves being thankful for what we have been given. Innovation is not only a means of ingenuity but is also a bringing of different aspects into a greater whole; an embodiment - personal completion ('Shabbat'). [B]It should be clarified that Pearce's notions were in relation to the aimlessness of progressive thinking, just as HAL 9000 forces the audience to look at the moral implications of technological development.[/B] A wheel without its axle is not going to work as intended. Even if it could be replaced or fixed, it's no longer the original part it was beforehand, should the new axle be the same in concept or design. Because there is a design, there is also a goal. Some may think prayer has no effect on life but it does change people. ~~/o/ May 3, 2021 Monday 12:50 AM ET The gift of crafting things together, shaping and molding things as one sees fit, also demonstrates an outward expression of an inward ability; the cognitive awareness for investigation. This extension of the the sensory, or the capability to visualize and calculate patterns and discern real-time options, much like playing against an opponent in a game of chess where the goal is to figure out the next anticipated move before it happens, can determine what is simply analytical (the process of things - what a robot can do best) and mindfulness (what human beings at our best can grasp beyond the instinctive need for self-preservation). An old saying among high school coaches goes "It's not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit." To turn towards divine providence is to reflect on our selves. Observing such a view, as to what you describe at the end of your piece above, is to adopt consistency - consistency in the sense a good god gives a us life, helping see its immeasurable value in spite of all troubles, sorrows, and hardships; in contrast to wishing for a better life where worth has yet to be given any meaning. To know that life is good is to make good out of life. ~~/o/ March 6, 2021 Saturday 7:45 PM ET Thanks for listing the episodes and giving your thoughts. I appreciate it! Now, I am going to have a great excuse for my twin and I to watch this series together. I really think this show was trying to be different somewhat without stripping it of its Scooby Doo-ness. At the time, changing the formula of the usual gang to Shaggy and Scooby being elevated to stand out front and center, was a brave decision then. ~~/o/ March 6, 2021 Saturday 7:40 PM ET It's incredible, really, how we can relate to others just by the sound of their voice. Cherished memories are the grandest; they might be gone but they are not forgotten. It comes to show the kind of effect impressions have on us. I believe the original voice actress for Daphne's last role was "Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase" (2001), which seems fitting considering this also happened to be the final Hanna-Barbara video release prior to being put under the helm of Warner Bros animation studio (it was an amicable arrangement). ~~/o/ March 6, 2021 Saturday 3:40 PM ET Even though both men are directly at fault, they are not completely, at least in Rambo's case. In his defense, he should have gotten better care and greater medical attention by the authorities he dutifully served instead of them treating him like an old toy ready for the recycle. He got put through the metaphorical "meat grinder" and was left out to dry in the "no longer deemed essential" line. Rambo is a human being and deserved better. It's very telling that he finally cooperates when someone above him he respects shows him much needed empathy and compassion. It sounds emotionally mushy for a military man, but a soldier should never be left behind, be it on the battlefield or while trying to live a regular life at home. ~~/o/ March 6, 2021 Saturday 1:25 PM ET Oh yeah, they still got new movies coming out the ol' wah-zoo. These guys have successfully transcended generations. I think their shenanigans are just tame enough not to be overkill for innocent, young eyes, which is saying something because back when these 'toons' originally aired they were aimed at all ages, including adults, hence all the amuck and chaos! Cartoons were also a clever way to show off cool technology and animation back then. This idea has not changed that much, even today. Their fantasy string of homage-style movies in recent years including 'Wizard of Oz', 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Robin Hood and is Merry Mice' are serviceable for adults in an amusing, sentimental way, being cute and whimsical. However, they are much more clearly directed towards children. ~~/o/ February 23, 2021 Tuesday 10:30 PM ET [Edited 11:30 PM ET] Vincent's struggle for self-autonomy in a society confined by a spirit of conformity resonates with the notion that not all our desires, as human beings, are always geared towards realization of the self, but the acting pressures to fit into a mold, a product of purely strict cultural conditioning absent a reality which seeks to encompass beyond merely physical attributes. Augustinian thought abounds with fiery discourse in the pretenses of this film. According to Augustine, the human soul is invariably tied to the Trinity; created in its image, no less -- intellect, memory (father), and will. While memory can be unreliable at times, colored by its own perceptions and limited ability in feeding back cognizant info, it does tell us who we are, what our name is (in the name of... etc.); our unique identity. Thus is the inverted beauty of a passionate historical view, that is, from the opposing neutral and unemotional standpoint, while it may be considered a form of personal bias to inject one's own perspective into the world, it does encompass what a psychologist would recognize as the unparalleled nature of "self-conscieness". Edit: After showing a relative what I've typed here, she asked me "what is the point you're trying to make?" Here's a translation: What defines a person is not how society defines them but what they do for themselves, by their traits and actions. There needs to be a give-and-take relationship between society and the self so both can enrich each other. ~~/o/ February 17, 2021 Wednesday 10:00 PM ET Very true, Ace. Hopefully, Japan will not forget the magnitude of WWII; learning from it instead of forgetting about it. It's as if Japan had pressed a total restart button on a videogame controller after emerging as an independent country again following WWII. They are in complete reset mode. It seems modern Japan is treated very differently, like a separate timeline, apart from the history they are still connected to before them. There's disconnect. ~~/o/ February 17, 2021 Wednesday 9:25 PM ET [Edited 9:30 PM ET] From what I have gathered, the Japanese tend to reflect back on the World War 2 era with grave sadness. For them, their military is an expression of masculinity (protect their family like a caring father). They have a lot of national pride. The sovereignty and self-respect they enjoy as a nation is greatly tied into their identity and dignity. They do not want to create a sense of perpetual shame on future generations for something their ancestors did (similar to Germany). This is my impression of what I've learned about them thus far. Mindfully, these are positive values, in my opinion. I would not be surprised if Japan's beliefs or attitudes is determined to be a robust world power without having to be associated with bombastic military adventerism, which they believe they are not any longer, coloring what they might wish to highlight when viewing past events. Miyazaki might feel the same way regardless of his convictions, perhaps wishing to not interject himself as much in this film compared to his previous endeavors. ~~/o/ February 17, 2021 Wednesday 4:15 PM ET I myself have been searching for further explanation as to the why Japanese WWII war crimes seem to not garner as much attention as the Nazis'. The foreword credited to John W. Dower in [i]Hidden Horrors[/i], by Yuki Tanaka, gives some insight. Below are excerpts. "In post-war millieu, where defeated japan was immediately subordinated to U.S. authority and soon thereafter resuscitated as America's rearmed and preeminent Cold-War ally in Asia, sanitizing the Japanese past quickly became a collaborative Japanese-American undertaking. Certain egregious Japanese war crimes were covered up to serve American interests." "As the cold war replaced the old war, policies of forgetting rather than remembering soon became promoted bilaterally, since dwelling on Japan's recent aggression and atrocious war conduct was hardly conducive to eliciting support for its remilitarization. Consideration of war crimes and war responsibility became inseparable from cold war polemics. Within Japan itself, for example, academics and public figures who continued to call attention to Japan's war record commonly were aligned with the political left; their persistent critique of Japan's recent past was inseparable from their opposition to Japanese rearmament under the bilateral U.S.-Japan military relationship." Summing up: "In observing that the Japanese victimizers of others were often simultaneously victims themselves--low-level links in a 'transfer of oppression' that extended from top to bottom domestically in Imperial Japan's rigidly hierarchical society (and was replicated with particular harshness within the military)--he [Yuki] calls attention to a pecking order of brutalization and dehumanization that had distinctive Japanese characteristics but ultimately was hardly peculiar to Japan. " Having recently learned of this book, I am just as curious as you are about this topic, wanting to share. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1038182.Hidden_Horrors) ~~/o/ View all replies >