Monday, June 17, 2013

Man of Steel, Plato and Jesus.




This last Saturday, I went to see 'Man of Steel' at the theatres. I thought it was wonderful and was boasting to my cousin how beautifully it was done and he told me rottentomatoes gave it a pretty bad tomato. This is one time I am going to say, FORGET ROTTENTOMATOES! 

Here's why Man of Steel gave me braingasms (Spoilers ALERT!):

1. In one of the scenes when Clark was being bullied, you see he was reading Plato's Republic. The importance of this cannot be stressed enough in my opinion. Superman is the ideal man. He is more than a man. Infact, from the movie you might just consider him to be a perfect man. This is where it gets interesting... in Plato's Republic, you read what happens if a "perfect just man" existed. What would the world do to such a man? 

The just man, then, as we have pictured him, will be scourged, tortured, and imprisoned, his eyes will be put out, and after enduring every humiliation he will be crucified, and learn at last that in the world as it is we should want not to be, but to seem, just.

According to Socrates in Plato's Republic, if such a man existed, we would reject him. In Man of Steel, you repeatedly see Clark's earthly father worrying that they would reject Clark. Clark is always covering his tracks for the fear that the world will reject him. And then fantastically, you see him reading Plato's Republic! I wonder if he was reading the very passage that we are discussing here. This subtle layered approach in the movie really gave me braingasms. 

2 .I liked the juxtapositioning of determinism vs free will in the movie. To be truly human, free will is imperative. For Clark to be truly an ideal man, free will is necessary. In contrast, General Zod is a product of determinism.

3. Superman being handcuffed and being escorted by police is a very Christian image of Jesus giving himself to Roman soldiers. In both the cases they do this by their own volition and not because of the force.

4. 

  1. Lara Lor-Van: He'll be an outcast. They'll kill him.
  1. Jor-El: I will send my own son. He'll be a god to them.

Joe-El's statement would be something would come right out of the Bible. Lara Lor-Van's statement comes true in life of Christ.

5. All systems of belief should answer these four questions: Origin (where do I come from), Meaning (why am I here), Morality (how do I differentiate between right and wrong), Destiny (Where am I going?)

You see Clark struggling with questions of Origin, Meaning and Morality in the movie. I think the director of this movie has done a fantastic job of making Superman a human as well as more than a human figure. I think this movie deserves more than paltry 50% that RottenTomates awarded. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Abandoned?

Well... looks like I have abandoned this blog. But I haven't orphaned it. I have come back to it, registered the domain, and intend on owing "convorama.com" till do apart.

I intend on writing stuff I would read if someone else wrote it. But well, that takes some kind of discipline and commitment on my part. I just don't want to write for the sake of writing, for that can become quite dry. But there are some who enjoy dry wine.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Distortion





I have been busy lazy lately. I love this poem by Blake. But if I really loved it, I would have done so many things differently in my life. So I guess I don't love it as much, but I do want to.


This life's dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.
 - William Blake



 I have these eyes my mine, which are the windows to my whole body,  let terrible things in, that have distorted my thinking that is going to leave a mark. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Getting nowhere.

So often I do so much but do so little. I am afraid of just doing stuff that is equivalent to mud pies. F.W Boreham in his essay "poking the fire" writes;

"We are not inclined to idleness as much as to irrelevant activity."

I need to get myself out of this addiction to irrelevant activity.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Farther Along - Josh Garrells

This has become one of my favorite songs in recent times. The beat of the song and the lyrics are not short of splendid. Better yet, you can download his whole album from his website for free.




C.S Lewis on Vulnerable.

This is one of my favorite C.S Lewis quotes. Just when I am in a position to harden my heart this quote saves the day. 

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”



Jaded - Larue

Larue is a Christian pop band from 1999 - 2003 by Philip and Natalie Larue who played as siblings. I bought their music when I was a freshman in college, hope I find those CDs somewhere!
I think of 'Jaded' as one of the Christian romantic breakup songs I've listened to. The funny thing is that they sing, "baby it is I who is changed..", equivalent to "It's not you, it's me"  which is what exactly Rob Thomas is "bored" of as the "same old lines" he is given when he is dumped. It is a legitimate reason for the dumpee but illegitimate for the dumped. Jaded  almost seems like an understatement to me.