Monthly Archives: August 2013

2001: A Space Odyssey: A Film of Music and Mysticism

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2001: A Space Odyssey is an enigmatic film. It is a science – fiction film that meticulously portrayed a scientifically accurate picture of the space but is also puzzle riddled with many mystic symbols. It starts as a conventional story of space exploration but ends with a mysterious spirit approaching the Earth. It is a film with so many conflicting notions, that I was stupefied at the end of the screening. In Stanley Kubrick’s own ironic terms, this film is a ‘mythological documentary’ or a ‘controlled dream’.

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The Modern Relevance of Myths

Buddhist Statues at Jinshan Temple

Buddhist Statues at Jinshan Temple

A few weeks ago,¬†Time¬†reported the challenges that the Roman Catholic Church and Pope Francis, hailed as ‘a Pope for the poor’, are facing in this increasingly secularized world. Brushing aside theological debates, Pope Francis believes Church’s energy is best expended in economic issues. This is to mistake the shadow for the substance. The challenge that confronts Pope Francis and all religions in the world is alike: we simply no longer know how to appreciate myths.

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