Belial wrote:If, two hundred years from now, insipid upper-middle-class home decorators are still hanging Thomas Kinkaide paintings in their hallways, that doesn't make him a good artist. That just means he created extremely enduring crap.
Exactly. Very very true.
I really want to relate this to Chemistry, but this isn't the place.
My point, is that enduring things are not necessarily good.
Any good person is going to try to make good things endure, but it won't always work.
For example, our language English. We all agree that it's horrible. Why does it endure?
#1 too many people were raised with it and couldn't or wouldn't learn a whole new language.
#2 everyone that everyone wanted to talk to only knew English (the bandwagon wasn't moving)
#3 Those who spoke English became really smart and really powerful. (Mainly USA, but also UK) Others wanted to go there, wanted to get a better education, wanted to read their books, or were in general forced to by their oppressors(second and third world, formerly oppressed nations).
So now, many people speak English, but who on earth sits and considers whether or not it is good?
I read the whole Dark Materials series, and now I've re-read the first two.
It is a cool series, but I really hate all of his anti-religion stuff, at least what's in the first two, because I can't remember the third really well.
As for the movie, I don't like people ripping random pages out of a book and calling it a movie.
They only do that to use the fact that the book is popular.
Still, I don't want Pullman going out their converting everybody, though it would be their fault as much as his.
Did any of you guys consider that Pullman might be similar to transcendentalists?
Remember how Lyra opened the door from the underworld to that other world?
Her description of what would happen to the dead who went through that portal sounded really transcendental to me.
She said that they would disapate and become part of the world.
Transcendentalists believe that God() is a part of everything, and everything is God().
They like nature, and dislike society and "Authority."
Still, transcendentalists are theists and they go to church.
Pullman is not transcendentalist, because he doesn't believe in God(), but they're similar in their "all is one" ideas.