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THE THIN RED LINE (1998):

July 13, 2013

A CHRISTIAN DECONSTRUCTION

http://www.leaderu.com/humanities/thinred.html

Where does evil come from? Where does love come from? What happens when we die? What am I doing here?

This movie, not surprisingly, does not answer those questions. It doesn’t even point us in the right direction. It just keeps raising more questions.

OBSERVABLE IN WAR:

Our ability to overcome fear; the idea of one man’s sacrifice for the salvation of many; battling an unseen enemy; the strength of a unified family and the folly of an individual operating outside of its protection. There are many spiritual analogies that can be drawn from this film.

The devil remains the author of death and the cause of all evil. The battlefield is his playground and during times of war he is able to thrive. Even a cursory glance shows us the devil’s involvement. War is conducted in an environment full of confusion, noise, and chaos. It engenders fear and hatred in the hearts of those involved. These are not qualities that come from the God Who is all love and in Whom is no darkness at all.

[MALICK] offers no relief from the devilish arena from whence the questions arise. The scriptures tell us:

 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 [KJV]

BEGIN NOW

Think, instead of seeing; impose as an understanding instead of understanding through observation as perception; wield a logic as power of imposition rather than a logic based on sensorial observation and based-consequentially-on common sense.

Are ideals a form of faith in this Christian sense of logic as imposition over reality itself?

Elihu of Job is ultimately dangerous to the extent that he ignores reality-and this could in fact be implied as part of the opinion Job and the others may have held him in by the silence-even God’s silence-in regards to Elihu’s opinions as an almost naïve outburst in the text itself.

Disregard of reality is at one’s own peril and is, finally, a form of irresponsibility that provides, though, an immediate-term comfort as ease as existential simplification.

Yes, ideals of any kind run the risk of ending up turning into an instrument of individual-collective-imposition if they preclude or impede the logic of rational observation and the necessary albeit arduous-painstaking-task of assimilating and reacting to experiential reality.

And through such an imposition is immediate comfort possibly obtained at the expense of a longer-term, overall coherence.

And life could be understood as easier, simplified and requiring less effort on the part of individuals-because they are not taxed by the need to viscerally and intellectually react-to think-for themselves.

And in such a mechanics, the crypto side of man and culture-a silent and hidden but permanent shadow partner takes his place at our side-steals into our vital modus operandi as part of our permanent existential context.

Can the logic of observation as Positivism also be used and wielded by individuals and society itself as a logic of faith as imposition-as a form of obtaining comfort through ease and effective simplification of existence by its imposition on reality itself?

Yes, paradoxically, it most certainly can.

Just as any ideal can be blindly imposed on all human situations and contexts.

And the first place this empirically false positivism takes place is in regard to human emotional reality.

What one feels only the individual can truly know;

But know in this context is a visceral, most physiological-psychological understanding that is difficult to rationally explain-to even assimilate by the individual.

This is most especially true when one’s cultural context tends to reject-even demean-human emotional vitality itself, as is the circumstance of the underlying historical configuration of the American experience (US).

At another level, Positivism in the very realm of scientific inquiry looses almost entirely it’s effectiveness when it ends up serving logic as faith as imposition, beyond the deeper and more complex process of reasoning.

Because a deeper, more profound and complex reasoning requires a life time of supreme scholarly effort on the part of the thinker, of the true intellectual as scientist.

And science without intellectuals is a titanium, streamlined grey coffin that awaits, high and majestic before you on the horizon as the peripheries of your reality form an ever-narrowing angle being it’s intersect the coffin itself.

And ever stronger and fiercer grows your crypto, silent partner at your side, especially when your recourse to emotional and passionate exuberance as vitality is culturally impeded.

But at least you had art, for a time;

But even art itself fell victim to the MBA’s drive, eventually, towards practical, measurable efficiency.

And God?

God?

God is just a Cocker Spaniel or German Shepherd you got chained up in your back yard to keep you company when you feel you need a little reassurance and a pat on the shoulder.

That’s why you have him as a pet:

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