Monday, March 2, 2009

Hangage, Slumdog, Sex God, and Acid Tests

I believe this weekend was probably the best I've had in a very long time.

Let's see....

For one: hanging with Mike and Sarah on Friday night was a blast!

Where would I be without these two? They're very special and geniune people, and I feel more than blessed to have them!! I love them!!!

Two: Slumdog Millionaire (need I say more?)

Speaking of that film, I felt pretty hurt to see those children treated the way they were. It kind of broke my heart. And what made me mad was that barely anyone in the theatre seemed affected. There just wasn't a tension in the room. Ok...seriously...people need to wake up and smell the horrible coffee of our world's reality!!! I feel pretty moved to help those kids someday in India, or other areas in poverty. After witnessing it on screen, my mind can only produce even more graphic and realistic images of the truth. Part of me feels that it would eat away at me if I never helped while I had the chance. SO I GOTTA DO IT ONE DAY!!!

Three: Snow.

I think many of Powhatan's residents' prayers were answered last night as snow started to fall from the sky. Snow- does it look more like powdered sugar riding the wind or lazy bits of cloud not wanting to stand so high anymore? Hm...I don't know!

Either way I feel loved, happy, and mentally exposed to great things.

Four: Books.

There are two books I started reading yesterday that I haven't been able to put down.

SEX GOD and Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Two polar opposites, I know.

SEX GOD has been great, and given me a new perspective on how spirituality and sexuality link. Really, it's shown me in an even more straight forward direction that when we try to find escape or comfort through sin, or try to completely ignore our desires, we are therefore disconnecting from God. And beneath our wants and needs, there is usually a spiritual emptiness.

Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is crazy! For my English semester project I'm doing Tom Wolfe and his grip on the subcultures in the sixties and seventies. It's been an interesting study so far! Hippies, the New York art scene, and feminism are the main cultures I've been looking into so far that Tom Wolfe wrote about. There's a lot more to be read!

As of now it's day 26 of "A Call To Die"! Not too far away from being day 40. However, my friends and I are searching for a new devotional. Any suggestions out there? I recently found this book called Godology, that looks really cool. But, besides that, nothing sticks out.

Hope everyone is enjoying the snow! To all my friends- get some rest! I know you guys are busy!!


Vincent said...

Very interesting post, Jenn. I read the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test years ago, even before discovering the Grateful Dead (specifically the album Live Dead, which I first heard whilst tripping on acid) and can confirm its literary value; but I am not so sure about Sex God, having read a few reviews about it. As for Slumdog will wait to see it on DVD, having missed it in cinema - or I suppose it will come back now.

When you talk of the children in the film being treated "the way they were" (not a helpful description to someone who hasn't seen the film!) do you mean the actors themselves or the way they were portrayed in the work of fiction? I suddenly had a vision of you like Alice in Wonderland going to help fictional characters to better themselves: but I don't mean to belittle any real persons on whom the fiction may have been based.

YesNoMaybeSo said...

The way the kids were treated in the film is quite offensive. Sex trafficing, blinding kids in order to get them pitty money on the streets, children living basically in dumpsters...these were a few of the things Slumdog showed. Even though it is a work of fiction, it is true that these horrible realities exist in various parts of the world other than India. So by me saying I'd like to help these kids, I meant to help the kids who live in this type of enviroment that the story potrays...I hope that makes sense.

Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test has been a joy so far!! That's awesome you read it in the specific time period, i'm assuming? My neighbors are "Dead Heads" and love the Grateful Dead, but I've never really explored their music. After reading this book, however, I probably will. Sex God was a pretty neat book. It doesn't have much literary value, but it provides an interesting view on how spirituality and sexuality are linked! I encourage you to check it out if you have any interest in the subject.

Thankyou for reading Vincent!!