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Movies as insight into mass fears and desires

“[Gene] Siskel described his job as ‘covering the national dream beat,’ because if you pay attention to the movies they will tell you what people desire and fear. Movies are hardly ever about what they seem to be about. Look at a movie that a lot of people love, and you will find something profound, no matter how silly the film may be.” – Roger Ebert, from an enriching gallery on the Atlantic’s site

Poets Bukowski and Baudelaire on desire

Two quotations pointing in the same basic direction.

“Find what you love and let it kill you.” — Bukowski

“One must be drunk…. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time that breaks your shoulders and bows you to the earth, you must intoxicate yourself unceasingly. But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, your choice. But intoxicate yourself.” — Baudelaire

The best thing you have

“Our wantings are our best havings.” — C.S. Lewis, in a letter to a friend

Psalm 112: the death of desire

Take a look at Psalm 112.

Imagine even the desire of the wicked perishing.

A French psychiatrist (quoted in Wim Rietkerk’s book “If Only I Could Believe”) said that the essense of being human is desire. We are desires.

Now imagine every desire being for God and the expansion of his goodness. Eventually, that desire will be fulfilled, and there will be no need for desire. Wicked desires will die, good desires will be fulfilled, and desire will be no more.

In perfect fellowship with our Creator, we will be what we are, and not what we desire.

Everything explained by love

“There is no room in the conception of a Christian praxis for self-sufficiency. This already implicates us in a different construal of ‘freedom’ than that operating in notions of the liberal secular subject. In fact, what characterizes this Christian agent is the surrender, the sacrifice, noted by Paul, such that he or she is bound by what Augustine called a vinculum caritatis – a bond of love. De Lubac clarifies the operation of this love within the Christian, when he writes: ‘The relationship between man and God can never be conceived as being fundamentally governed by any natural law, or any necessity of any kind interior or exterior. In the gift of himself that God wills to make, everything is explained – in so far as it can be explained – by love, everything, hence including the consequent ‘desire’ in our nature, in whatever way we understand that desire.’”

Graham Ward, in Liturgy, Time, and the Politics of Redemption (2006), edited by Randi Rashkover and C.C. Pecknold

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