‘Entertainment’ Category Archives

19
Apr

“THE RED PILL”: looking at an old problem in a different way, and getting a mixed reception!

by Arnold Jago in Entertainment, Family, Media, Women

The film “The Red Pill” explores difficulties facing men regarding violence, custody issues etc.
People seeing it mostly say it’s unbiased.
Nevertheless, “feminist” activists are browbeating cinemas into not screening it.
The film-maker herself identifies as a feminist.
It’s vital not to trivialise this into a “women’s-rights-versus-men’s-rights” wrangle.
“Rights” are an invention of politicians and ruling class — suitable for composing pretty documents like the “UN Declaration of Human Rights”.
Concerning real issues, where you and I live, the language of “rights” doesn’t work.
For a better society, we must think in terms of “responsibilities”.
Like marriage – irrevocably taking responsibility for each other and for the children, if any.
No violence, not even verbal violence — the parties having vowed to live and act as one.
Children should learn this from their mother’s knee — and hopefully observe it in practice.

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15
Apr

GOOD FRIDAY: over for 2017, what was it all about?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Entertainment, God, Lifestyle, sport

Last week, some (Fairfax) newspapers carried an article about “how Good Friday in Australia compares to the rest of the world”.
Saying that, “Good Friday just got slightly more lively in Australia”…referring to the (yawn) AFL football match.
What could be more un-lively than large sweaty men brawling for possession of a ball?
And that, “still the quietest day of the year…Good Friday is no big deal”.
Incorrect. Quietness is a very big deal – a scarce commodity, worth cherishing where it survives.
Quiet minds become full of thoughts – about life, about purpose, about meaning, about God….
Yet, mostly, don’t we avoid quiet, preferring distractions — about food, about feeling good, about kidding ourselves we look good…?

9
Apr

GOOD FRIDAY FOOTBALL: another brain-damaging, soul-destroying, dumbing-down distraction.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Faith, Lifestyle, sport

Something new in 2017 — AFL football on Good Friday, the holiest day of the Christian year.
It’s disappointing.
Because it’s another case of the Christian faith being desecrated?
Not just that — Christians can get used to that.
But for everybody it’s a worry that with so many dilemmas in today’s world — violence, poverty, sexual deviations, disintegrating families, freedom of speech threatened, sacredness-of-life issues etc….
Issues with an ethical/moral/spiritual basis – we never seem to find time to think about them properly.
We don’t help ourselves by frittering away with endless sporting extravaganzas all days traditionally set aside to reflect on fundamentals.
A missed opportunity.

30
Sep

FORTHCOMING SCORSESE FILM “SILENCE”: has it got anything to say about real life?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Death, Entertainment, Faith, Silence

The long-awaited film “Silence” is planned for release in December 2016.
Producer, Martin Scorsese, has been considering making it since about 1991. Based on the book “Silence” by Japanese author, Endo, it’s about Christian missionaries persecuted in Japan in the 1600s.
One priest is threatened with torture and death if he doesn’t abandon the faith – so he abandons the faith.
That’s about it.
The theme is why God is (or seems) silent when we need him most.
Is not the key to relating to the silent God, to make silence (praying in silence) central in our life – educating ourselves in it, daily, hourly, minutely?
Silence isn’t just absent sound. It’s something present that you can hear and come to recognise.
Today’s lifestyle makes silence unfamiliar.
Electronic communications make us afraid of silence — preferring hollow, futile, empty noise.
Unlearning that, can we become integrated children of God, cheerfully indifferent to whether we suffer or not?

28
Apr

MASHROU’ LEILA CONCERT BANNED IN JORDAN: should we be surprised?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Entertainment, Justice, Lifestyle

A concert by Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila, scheduled for 29 April in Amman, Jordan, has been called off by Jordanian authorities.
Government spokespersons have explained that the performance “would have been at odds with the ‘authenticity’ of the site…”
This in the context of the band being famously promoters of homosexual lifestyles….
The performers have asked the Kingdom of Jordan to “reconsider its stance towards our message, and our art…to choose fighting alongside us, not against us, during this ongoing battle for a culture of freedom….”
Freedom?
People who do homosexual acts merit respect as persons — but are they not typically enslaved by habits arguably harmful at the personal level and also anti-social?
To use pop-music appearances to groom vulnerable audience-members into considering adopting similar lifestyles — that is something any government might reasonably try to prevent.

23
Oct

MAURICE BLACKBURN AND THE LEGALITY OF POKER MACHINES: what about the morality of all gambling?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Ethics, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Money

Melbourne law firm, Maurice Blackburn, is considering legal strategies to crack down on poker machines:

“We think there’s a genuine argument that some of the behaviour by the pokie designers is misleading and deceptive . . . .

“You might have won 30 cents on the dollar you played. You’ve still lost 70 cents but you still get all the stimulus and reaction from the machine as if you’ve won.

“The neuro-science shows that gives you a little bit of a hit . . . not dissimilar to the hit you get when you take a drug.”

Correct. What about other gambling?

Like Bingo?

Who would play Bingo, if it, too, didn’t stimulate one’s neuro-transmitters?

In a better society would the Church encourage, and make money from, gambling?

Shouldn’t one only acquire other people’s money when it’s payment for something useful done or if it’s a gift expressing love.