I love you, now change.

A form of love that doesn’t really love the individual where they are, but insists on a transformation to become more like the lover doesn’t really seem like love to me. Christians can appear to be saying “I love you, but I want you to become more like me.”

Is this love? A Christian might respond, “but it is not love to want someone to stay where they are, their potential for transformation unused.”
Yes perhaps. But that feels a lot more like paternalism than it does feel like love.
Are we only satisfied when everyone has the same prejudices and beliefs as us?

God as parent. Believer as teenager.

We begin our faith as children looking to their parent. God is flawless, always looking out for us and all things will work out well in the end – if we just have faith.

Some believers become teenagers. Rebelling against all the flaws we see in our creator. We resist the crushing embrace of guilt, conscience and goodness. The gaze of creator exposed in each selfish thought we tried to keep unrevealed and for ourselves.
Some move beyond the teenage rebellion against God and love God despite the failures, weaknesses and unanswered questions. Because we see so much of ourselves in our creator.
Even though it might not all be alright in the end.
Even though its quite possible none of this is even certain.

The Onion: Exhausted Noam Chomsky Just Going To Try And Enjoy The Day For Once

From the Onion…

Describing himself as “terribly exhausted,” famed linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky said Monday that he was taking a break from combating the hegemony of the American imperialist machine to try and take it easy for once.
“I just want to lie in a hammock and have a nice relaxing morning,” said the outspoken anarcho-syndicalist academic, who first came to public attention with his breakthrough 1957 book Syntactic Structures. “The systems of control designed to manufacture consent among a largely ignorant public will still be there for me to worry about tomorrow. Today, I’m just going to kick back and enjoy some much-needed Noam Time.”

Full post here.

Nick Shager on the dying art of action movies

A thoughtful piece on how action movies have given in to Chaos Choreography.

The Wolverine” is many things—another piece of Marvel’s big-screen superhero puzzle, a sturdy vehicle for Hugh Jackman’s soulful ferocity, a moderately gripping fish-out-of-water story of self-discovery and redemption. Yet just as important, it’s an action film helmed by a director who is, by any reasonable measure, not an action director. Although he’s staged solid, classically conceived action in “3:10 to Yuma” and “Copland,” he’s better known as an actor’s director, more at home with the intimacy of “Girl, Interrupted” and “Walk the Line.” 
By employing directors with backgrounds in drama, the studios hope action-heavy films will be infused with greater depth. The catch, however, is that drama directors are usually inexperienced at, and thus incapable of, properly handling their material that is the film’s main selling point, or one of them. 

The full post is at roger ebert.