RE: [steiner] Mels Bells
Br. Ron, as always your true pearls of wisdom shine in the darkest blackness as well as bleakness! I say, "GO MEL GO!" in the loudest possible shouts while watching the "adversarial powers" heaping upon it scorn, denigration and that worn out "catch all" of Racism. I've mulled to myself that even if no one perceives the truth of the Crucifixion in Gibson's work, they at least might gain some appreciation of a graphic view of actual deeds inflicted upon an innocent. At least there might be left some residue to build upon in the future.Sacrifice? It's everywhere, should one look carefully, with the classic example of the mother protecting her young against all harm without thought of any consequences to herself. In general, however, perhaps you are most correct than not.Wasn't it Eurypides who "sacrificed" himself into Mt. Etna? But was that a sacrifice in the true sense of the word, or a desire to become one with the elements? There is much to reflect upon in your wisdom for which I gratefully send you thanks.SheilaMel Gibson's new movie The Passion certainly is stirringquite a ruckus.The movie forces the issue of Sacrifice.We hate sacrifice because it infers pain...and pain mustunder all circumstances be placed in denial, no?Even the ancients knew this to be the one Truth that justwouldn't go away. (No doubt, it would have been a higher giftfor the chief to throw himself into the volcano rather than seizingupon the local virgin...but at least he sensed the shadow of sacrifice...if not it's reality :-)In this movie, Mel seeks to bring pain out of the dungeoninto the light so we can make peace with it.The Principle of Sacrifice doesn't care how spirituallyastute I am. It doesn't give a tinkers hoot about my highfalutin' self obsessed, "new" ideas as to the nature of Truth.Sacrifice is primal and transcends all other laws and boundaries.Have you ever noticed how we as brilliant social liberals couldn'teven manage our own love lives and personal relationships?Our understandings of Sacrifice were inverted and our familiessuffered because of it.We didn't know how to sacrifice our lives to our mates but demandedit from them instead.. and even if we stayed together it becamea loveless union born of mere habit...not dynamic interchangeThen we, upon observing the failures of our personal loves,turned even more to intellectual self-absorption and 'universalism'to help deny the pain of our own seared consciences.But now, we as seniors are awakening to this painand are determined to equalize with it.Energetically, the adversarial forces have tried to soften thepoignancy of The Passion and attempt to diffuse thecosmic and atomic mission of The Christ (and all the lessormasters of Sacrificial Love)But the Adversary's failure will not be so energetic as all suchmisguided philosophy usually arrives with a bang and endswith a whimper.We ALL will learn the Great Lesson of MarySome joyfully.... Some not so joyfullySome know it already....Some are learning it...Some simply must wait until the gates of consciousnessopen through remorseful reflection upon the deathbed.Do your stuff, Mel.It's about damn time somebody did!Joy will be the Phoenix arising from the ashesof our denial.Br. Ron
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