Mystery | #14 | Tao Te Ching

Mystery #14 Tao Te Ching

Looked at but cannot be seen – it is beneath form;
Listened to but cannot be heard – it is beneath sound;
Held but cannot be touched – it is beneath feeling;
These depthless things evade definition,
And blend into a single mystery.

In its rising there is no light,
In its falling there is no darkness,
A continuous thread beyond description,
Lining what can not occur;
Its formless,
Its image nothing,
Its name is silence;
Follow it, it has no back,
Meet it, it has no face.

Attend the present to deal with the past;
Thus you grasp the continuity of the Way,
Which is its essence

– Lao Tzu

Marcel Proust could not beat out Lao Tzu’s ‘Mystery #14’ but Mr. Proust will return next   Sunday following April Fool’s Day.

Harry Potter and the Politics of Hate

As J.K. Rowling’s rich allegory reminds us, intolerance is an inner battle.

Tagline from this short film. What is written below the video follows the same path.

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Extremely important message carried throughout this short film and throughout J.K. Rowling’s writing and her lack of fear facing up to the bullies who aren’t brave enough to be the opposite of ‘Mean.’

For those Potterheads (like myself) . and for those not involved in this world . it makes no difference . the message needs to be heard . Beware of the Danger surrounding our world . it is Real as Real Can Be .

I am a member of The Resistance . being vigilant . not allowing myself to be hypnotized by the spewing rhetoric of the alt-right & the influences not-my-president is receiving from outside influences who through puppetry . rigged the election of the United States of America . allowing the wrong person to govern our Free Nation . someone who does not play well with others.

Just keep aware. Watch this video . see . hear . read the story it is portraying . in it’s honesty . wanting to safeguard our world from fascists who are attempting to usurp Freedom from every direction. Just watch & listen . Let your mind heart and soul be open. Imagine Peace. It would be possible. – j.kiley

Harry Potter and the Politics of Hate | Kaija Siirala

Ratings . . . PG (Violence . Evil . Fascism . Battle)
Short Film . . . 4m 18s

Scenes . . . Film clips from Harry Potter Films with words added over the visual proclaiming the levels of a growing intolerance surrounding everything and everyone throughout the (8) films produced from the (7) books of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Article & Film by Kaija Siirala
June 23rd 2017 | Fandor

Although the series was originally intended for children, many adults also have been drawn to the world of Potter. This crossover appeal is due to the fact that the story often works on multiple levels; creator J.K. Rowling has worked in a criticism of racism, intolerance, and xenophobia. In setting her World of Magic amidst a population of non-magic-wielding “Muggles,” Rowling creates an “Other” that the evil Voldemort and his cronies can target as they rise to power.

In this culture of discrimination, anyone who is “tainted” by non-magic blood is considered less than. There’s even a fictional slur—“Mudblood”—to show the hatred and vitriol that comes with this prejudice. Interestingly, as fans of the Potter series will know, Voldemort himself is “Muggle-born,” and his hatred stems from his own insecurity and self-hatred. The allegory is all too apparent as Rowling paints the ultimate evil (Voldemort) with the prime objective of obliterating those who are not like him. He even installs his own lackey in the Ministry of Magic, which begins to parallel a Fascist state. In June, Rowling posted an essay to her website, On Monsters, Villains and the EU Referendum, laying out the problems with the exclusionary politics that underscored the Brexit vote.

Harry Potter is indeed a tale of a magical world that parallels our own—one of coming-of-age friendship and humor—but the subtext clearly instills the values of combating injustice and repression of marginalized people. Judging from the trailers for Fantastic Beasts, Rowling has not shied away from these themes, and we can expect them in films to come.

Beauty and the Beast


Beauty and the Beast – US Official Trailer

Emma Watson . . . Belle
Dan Stevens . . . Beast

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

Dr. Strange

doctor-strange-poster


Dr. Strange – Movie Trailer #3 (2016)

[Speaking for myself – one can experience Vertigo – Just a potential warning – but WoW what an exhilirating appearance this film makes – can’t wait! ]

Storyline
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Written by Marvel – Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords: magic | wizard | magician | doctor | neurosurgeon |
Tagline . . . Expand your mind
Genres . . . Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 . . . sci-fi, violence, action throughout, an intense crash sequence
Parents Guide . . . Content advisory

Country: USA
Language: English
Released: 4 November 2016 (USA)
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Runtime: 115 min = 1h 55m

Cast:
Benedict Cumberbatch … Dr. Stephen Strange
Chiwetel Ejiofor … Mordo
Rachel McAdams … Christine Palmer
Mads Mikkelsen … Kaecilius
Tilda Swinton … The Ancient One
Michael Stuhlbarg … Dr. Nicodemus West
Benjamin Bratt … Jonathan Pangborn

Illusions

Tarot Card – The Wheel of Fortune – Rannsama

Tarot Card – The Wheel of Fortune – Rannsama

The Wheel [La Ruota] represents events in our lives that come out of nowhere. Serendipity: ‌A natural capacity for making desirable discoveries by accident.

Key Words of Meaning for the Wheel
Luck – Chance – Change – Destiny – Revolution – Consequence

ILLUSIONS
by j.kiley

Maybe truth doesn’t exist
And control is an illusion
Lies – reality in disguise
Fantasy – view inside our minds
Where real reveals its identity
On how the Wheel revolves
Inside the Universal expanse

Maybe truth doesn’t exist
Minds unable to recognize clarity
From living inside the insanity
We are prisoners of our own transgressions
Words overflowing have lost meaning
Telling stories repetitiously
Correcting reality by changing it
Altering outcomes while evolving

© j.kiley
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