Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wise words

from Dr. Avelda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., about both abortion and race. May there be more people with her courage.

More than a little disturbing

Update :

Apparently Ms. Shvarts real senior art project was "performance art". The story she told the Yale paper was a hoax. Does this let her off the hook? For not having abused her body and terminating the lives of many unborn, we can be thankful. This does still reveal a callousness to those who are suffering the effects of abortion and a willfulness to deceive. It is different than true performance art, where there is an audience and one acquiesces to being "played".
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A senior art student at Yale, Aliza Shvarts, decided that her senior art project would include video of multiple self induced abortions. Read here. She says she wants to "inspire some sort of discourse.", and that it is not for shock value.

Of course this is for shock value along with a large dose of exhibitionism. She has shown disregard for the life growing inside of her, the donors of the sperm, the viewers of her work, anyone else related to the now dead unborn babies, (including herself), and the Giver of all life. She is quoted as saying, "I believe strongly that art should be a medium for politics and ideologies, not just for commodity." What? How about art to inspire, to elevate, to show truth, goodness and beauty?

There are times when art must show grim reality to inspire good people to take action, such as photos of holocaust survivors and those that did not survive, but that is not what this is about. One might say it is murder for the art's sake, but that would be a pretty twisted definition of art.

Kyrie eleison.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Ostrov/The Island

I saw a great movie last night called Ostrov. The American title is The Island. There is something about it that reminds me of Babette's Feast, though Babette's Feast is a bit more light-hearted. It is a Russian story of redemption, sacrifice and listening to the Lord's voice, whatever He may say. I know you can get a copy from Netflix, which is where I received mine. Be warned, The Island is subtitled, which will bug some, but I've never found it to be a problem. Here's a clip w/o subtitles.

Sit back, enjoy, and let the story carry you.