Tuesday, March 15, 2011

catastrophe or blessing?

According to the BBC, Warner Bros., an American movie company, has removed a film that contains imaginative scenes of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 250,000 from Japanese theaters. "Warner Bros official Satoru Otani said 'Hereafter's' terrifying tsunami scenes were "not appropriate" at this time.""

Japan's death toll from the March 11, 8.9 earthquake currently stands at an improbable 2,400, with equally-improbable estimates ranging upward of 10,000. The mind-boggling devastation photographers have attempted without success to capture suggests a death toll beyond what a sane mind can compass.

Isn't it wonderful how the mind dances and toys with things and then is left speechless and agog at its own childishness when the event that tickled the imagination descends? Wouldn't it be nice to simply remove a too-close-to-the-bone bit of imagination ...?

And not just horrific events. What about the events put forward by the imagination as delightful or wondrous?

How many would speak glowingly of their spiritual persuasions -- the intricacies, the halos, the blessings, the hope, the golden glow, the promises ...?

When the promises come true, all of the preceding dalliance and adoring chit-chat seems inappropriate. In deference to experience, who wouldn't pull this religion or that from their local cinemas?

What would it be like to wake up in the morning and read on the BBC, "In deference to current events, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, atheism and other imaginative pursuits have been recalled from local theaters. They are not appropriate at this time?"

Catastrophe or blessing ... which, if either, is it?

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