Don’t make the ‘sophisticated’ error of thinking that a negative voice is automatically smarter than a positive voice. Michael Ventura in Letters at 3AM and quoted in the Spirituality & Practice Facebook entry of October 8, 2010.
With that introduction I share part of my morning reading for today: a film review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat posted on their site for Spirituality & Practice. They interweave quotes from Mitch Finley’s book Whispers of God’s Love Touching the Lives of Loved Ones After Death with their review of the movie Hereafter. It is a positive voice, a positive review (something not always encountered from “film critics”). It has helped me put this film on my “Must see” list.
Their review is introduced by these words from Finley
The ultimate fear, philosophers and psychologists tell us, is the fear of death. We can trace all our other fears, small and large, to our fear of death. On the level of the unconscious, we adopt all kinds of tactics to avoid thinking. In particular, we do not want to think about our own mortality. “Why be so morbid?” we may ask. But there is nothing necessarily morbid about pondering the reality of death. No need to be preoccupied with it, of course. But from time to time, it’s healthy to consider our own mortality. If, from time to time, we reflect on, and accept, the fact that our days are numbered we are more likely to inhabit the earth in a more loving, more responsible manner. If we accept our own mortality, we will find it easier to love other people, knowing that they, too, have but a time to live on the earth. Indeed, we’re all in this together. As the old saying has it, no one gets out of here alive. So, the only sensible way to live is with compassion, forgiveness, and tolerance. from Whispers of God’s Love: Touching the Lives of Loved Ones After Death.
I encourage you to read their review of Hereafter (and others if you must) and then make up your own mind about seeing or not seeing the film. As you read the review I hope that you will find the quotes of Mitch Finley to be thought provoking and material for your journal (if you keep one); at the very least may his thoughts provide material for your prayers and meditation.