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[Nov. 29th, 2014|05:32 am]
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I'm sitting outside, just under the eves enough to be out of the rain. It is, delightfully, coming down like a real rain. I woke in the wee hours, coughing. We flipped the mattress last night, a chore we haven't completed in ages, and i think we kicked up some dust. My lungs are complaining. I've used the inhaler, played solitaire, drank warm egg nog, and listened to the rain from the warmth of bed.

But i'm awake, so i've finally surrendered and made tea.

And with that, i decided i really ought to get some delight out of this rare event.


We watched a delightful documentary over the past few days, Mona Lisa is Missing, a charming and very human documentary which also has very solid research.

In the evening we watched Saving Private Ryan. It was an excellent bit of film making. As someone who aspires to be a pacifist, though, i found the last words of the Captain to Private Ryan enlightening. "Earn this," says the Captain, where "this" is the sacrifice of the men who went to collect him.

I cannot stand with those who believe in the sacrificial Christologies; i cannot believe in a ledger where sacrifice, violence, and brutality are totaled up and that they buy something. That injunction is traumatizing, and carries the trauma into the generations.


Also, Nathan Fillion as Minnesota Ryan (the first Ryan found) is just great in over the top mourning for his brothers.


Oh, a killdeer is calling out in the darkness and rain.


[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2014-12-04 05:33 am (UTC)
Hm. You've summed up why I don't consider myself a Christian any more. The story of the redemption as dogmatically expressed makes no sense. "Something bad happens, so something really bad had to happen to balance it" is ridiculous. And it wasn't something "really good" either. The best explanation I could countenance is a demonstration that what he had to say, what he had to bring, was stronger than what is in this life, proving it by accepting what should have been the end of his life and showing that he came through to the other side anyway.

The captain - yeah, I get that he valued what he sacrificed to save Ryan, but geez, what an awful load to lay on a guy.

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