Tuesday, January 17, 2012

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two Discussion of verse 10


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Since I get such a kick, still, out of blathering on about this stuff, here's the continuation of the discussion of HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two !

Verse 10

10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Two, New International Version

Verse 10

10 When they felt the joy they saw stars.

from the text of the animation, HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two

written by R David Foster

Verse 10 Discussion

The Wise Men, or kings from the east, or Magi, when they saw the star, they were overjoyed, but the majestic daughters, when they felt the joy, they saw stars.

This is a phrase that isn't used much anymore, to see stars when one is overcome. It is an expression, like many expressions, that has come and gone out of popular use. This is often overlooked, how much our language rests on common phrases. But just look at the difficulty high school students have with reading Shakespeare. The phrases used in Shakespeare are definitely not common today, yet they remain very expressive to those who take the time to consider what these expressions could mean, as well as refer to the many guidebooks published on Shakespeare.

Our language relies heavily on repeated phrases, and when one changes these phrases, or creates new phrases, the audience is challenged to ascertain the meaning of such new phrases. So in reality, which is a phrase, we do not communicate with words but with phrases. And anyone who creates new phrases, has challenged their audience to understand them.

Taken further, the use of buzz words such as “popular morality”, or “global economy”, or “downsizing”, or “stalemate”, or “worst case scenario”, or “clock ticking”, or “lockout”, or “diversifying”, or “global demand”, or “skyrocketing”, or “underground economy”, or “privatizing”, or “high-tech”, or “down turn”, all express an idea more specific than the word or words alone mean. We do not communicate with words, but with phrases. “ Now having said that, God knows what's going to happen over the next few months.” - Rene Morissette, Toronto Star, Friday, January 13th, 2012. There's a sentence that is completely made up of phrases ! To an audience 100 years before or after her writing, this sentence may not make any sense at all, to the casual reader !

So if we communicate with phrases, rather than words, are we really thinking about what we are communicating ? I believe that we get hung up in common phrases and do not really think about what we are reading or what we are expressing. This animation writing requires that the audience think about what is being expressed, more than any popular entertainment demands. And then the natural extension is that the audience will think about the original Gospel text and what it is really saying.

Jesus saves, Moses invests !

Jesus saves ! Moses shoots ! He scooooorrrres !!

There are two plays on the use of an overused common religious phrase - “Jesus saves!”. The problem is that when communication gets bogged down in overused phrases and expressions, it fails to communicate anything at all, as the audience fails to receive any new idea, and so throws the communication in the dumpster with all the other discarded messages. Buzz words are a waste of time, and an even worse waste of time than a challenging creation of new phrases. The only problem is that the new phrases, seeming unintelligible, are discarded along with the overused phrases. But at least there is the chance that some meaning may get across, as opposed to using the same old buzz words, where there is certainty that no message will get across.

All the “thee”s, “thou”s, and “shall”s of the King James Bible, do not merit their use as implying that a more important message is being communicated than the use of common words would imply. Christianity was spread in Greek, the common language of the people at the time, and not in the loftier languages of Latin or Hebrew ! All this use of lofty language detracts from the practicality and obvious nature of the christian message, and I will not use lofty language to promote the marriage relationship. I will use parables, examples and other challenging forms of communication to bring the real message to the audience, rather than to exclude the audience from the message that marriage is the salvation of society, as well as society's greatest challenge.

Finally, if this message is so obvious, why do most people find it to be obscure? Well, where is your nose ? Did you have to think about it – as to what I meant by that question? The most obvious can very easily be overlooked, and we need to be mindful of even the obvious, which we often overlook. Will you die ? - of course! But are you spending all your waking hours aware of this ? I think not. Have you incorporated this fact into your daily life ? Perhaps you have a retirement plan, but what is your resurrection plan ? This is real. Act like it.

Whether one is aware of it or not, they will die. Whether one is aware of it or not, their actions have a cumulative ultimate infinite goal. This is a fact. If one tosses popcorn in the movie theatre, this may be random but there will be popcorn to be swept up, and this is a fact. So what is your ultimate infinite goal ? Are you only thinking about the next job, or are you thinking about your next death ? This self discussion is your religion, whether you believe it or not. Is this what you want ?

So don't talk to me about how a job is necessary when I am not allowed to do a good job by my employer and co-workers who are playing politics as they screw up even the simplest of tasks. I am not interested in your finite religion. Do what you want, and leave me to the death of my own choosing, if it be that. Don't talk to me about an education where I am to cheat the results all the way through to only end up in debt. I'll educate myself, thank you. Do what you want, and leave me to the death of my own choosing, if it be that.

This writing is passive and can easily be avoided, as can the animation. When one is ready to appreciate any of this, it will be here. My next death will be mitigated by this work, if only because I alone value it.


Sunday, January 15th, 2012


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