I ask this question because I gave up watching television about 2 years ago and have since watched but a handful of hours of television. I gave it up because it was assisting me in wasting my time. I watch very few movies now for the same reason. Does Hollywood help us or hinder us?
asked 18 Feb '10, 20:16
In Chapter 8 of Illusions, the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, Don Shimoda discusses movies as a metaphor for life. It's a very interesting discussion, and if you haven't read it, I encourage you to get the book. I won't copy the entire passage here (it is a bit too long), but I will highlight one particular part:
You can replace the words "film" and "movie" with the word "life" in the text above, and it still makes sense.
What makes a movie "good?" and if a movie is good, is it worth watching?
answered 18 Feb '10, 20:38
What a great answer:-)
(18 Feb '10, 21:08) Michaela
Vesuvius, I appreciate your research here. If movies, films and television are metaphors for life then is there any point to watching them. They are not life. "But it might as well be tomato sauce for the effect it has on our real life..." So it has little effect other than to dirty our shirt. Does this mean you concur that there is little value in Hollywood?
(18 Feb '10, 21:45) TheSevenMan
Movies are a condensed, stylized version of life. A good movie is like a good book, in some ways. It can be educational, it can be inspirational. It is our modern version of the oral tradition. Like anything else in life, you have to decide whether it is worth your time to experience the movie or not.
(18 Feb '10, 22:33) Vesuvius
You will understand the tomato-sauce reference better if you read the whole book. Like life, the movie ends when you step out of the theater and re-enter the larger reality. Once you leave the theater of life, does the blood spilled matter anymore?
(18 Feb '10, 22:34) Vesuvius
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It depends on what we watch. There are movies that cause us to feel sick, uneasy, etc... this cannot be good. There are movies that make us laugh, laughing is good for us physically and mentally. There are some movies that end up having some hidden meaning that we may or may not see, that if we see the hidden meanings, we can learn and grow spiritually. Some movies to watch would include: Sphere, The Matrix, Inception
answered 06 Mar '11, 21:41
Everything in life may appear to have some benefits, of course if it is your cup of tea! But on the contrary, everything over done is too much. So it is basically, what is your interest?
answered 07 Mar '11, 06:18
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