Ben Avuyah

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Pan Seared Morality

Since the tides of the blogoshpere seem to have set us all adrift in the murky swamps of morality, moral relativism, and the rational basis for morality, I thought it might be a good time to talk about a movie I saw last night that dealt with some very traditional moral issues in a wonderful way.

For those who have not already seen Pan’s Labyrinth, I will try not to ruin it by divulging too much.

I had toyed with the idea of exploring religious (non-questioning) morality in a story, by separating it from the multiple “believability” problems that plague most religions, through a creative narrative means, but I think this movie does so wonderfully in two separate tales: One that approaches the difficulty in terms of the fascist regime in the Spanish civil War, and a second that does so through the vivid imagination of a young girl, finally uniting the two in a “Akedic” climax.

I'd love to talk about it more, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

I’ll say no more…enjoy!!

15 Comments:

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous moshe shoshan said...

Ben-
have not seen the movie, though I would like to, I am not even sure what sort of distribution it got here in Israel.

I would like to take this opportunity to recommend a book that I recently read, The Life of Pi. it a great adventure yarn with some science fiction/fantasy elements. Its also a meditation on the status of belief and truth in religion, fiction and life.

chag sameach

Moshe

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger Ben Avuyah said...

Thanks Moshe, I already read it and enjoyed it alot.

chag sameach !

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Moshe said...

I am very curious to hear your take on the book. esp. what do you think it has to say about religion and faith?

 
At 5:21 AM, Blogger Ben Avuyah said...

Good question,

I actually read it before I was "ben avuyah", and didn't sense any message about religion and faith.

Although I am sure if I reread it now I would find it a commentary on faith; "when all you have is a hammer etc...."

 
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