-Are you a God?
- they asked the Buddha.
- No.
- Are you an angel, then?
- No.
- A saint?
- No.
- Then what are you?


"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure of
the universe"-Albert Einstein-

Om Mani Padme Hum

Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 7 1-6

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Looking Into The Past...Again

I've talked before about how movies allow us to look into the past through a window in time.  Tonight I saw into two different times in the same movie.  I was watching San Francisco. I looked through the window and saw Clark Gable, Jennette McDonald, and Spenser Tracy as well as hundreds of actors as they were in 1936. This was the first window. This was only 30 years after the earthquake.  So in that sense it was as though a movie were made about something that happened in 1979 or 1980. To most of us, except for the very young, 1979 or 80 is relatable. I was working at Memorex, living in Fullerton, and still, although it was winding down, dating a lovely Christian girl, named Susie.  It seems like yesterday.  To them, that was recent history, if they weren't around their parents were, it was recent history, like yesterday.  But, to most of us 1906, and the San Francisco earthquake, is history, with a capital H. Something from a book. Not relatable at all. My grandparents were kids or teenagers back then  To most of the actors in the movie it was recent history, relatable.  The second window. We can ignore most of the movie it was drama, a story.  No, I take that back. Watch the movie and see how people lived, dressed, talked, partied, and communicated in those times. It shows how in many ways we've moved backwards with our TV's, and internet.  Back then you'd get out, eat out, mix with others, not today, I'm sorry to say.  But, seeing the earthquake is the important part of what we saw the second window.   I've seen the move several times, yes I admit it I'm a fan. We see an earthquake that looks so real it brings tears to your eyes, walls and buildings collapsing, people crushed, gas fires. It's so real the only way we'll probably see a more real version of the 1906 earthquake is with a real time machine.  The amazing thing is that these very real special effects were done without computers, without George Lucas and Industrial Light and Magic, without even more modern techniques, this was just a few years after they made King Kong using a clay dummy filmed one frame at a time.  Watch the movie, judge for yourself.

Lee Murray

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