Monday, June 06, 2005

Modern Mussar - the evil inclination within us

Keanu Reeves (yes, Mr. Andersssson) has followed the modern dream, been offered a high-powered corporate job in the bright lights of the big city. In a Faustian pact with the impish AP, Lucifer as Mephistopheles, Keanu sells his soul to the god of mammon. Paradise Lost, never to be Regained. (NB - this film is not for the faint-hearted amongst you, though your type should probably stay away from my blog anyway!).

Once on the ladder of temptation, life begins to unravel. There is always more greed, power and success to be had. Hevley havalim. "He who loves money shall never have enough".

The evil inclination, the devilish voice inside every one of us, is tricky, wily, smart, clever and never to be underestimated. You must check out Screwtape's advice to Wormwood, despite it being crusty, British, dated and very Christian (summary here).

AP puts it best: "And as we're straddling from one deal to the next, who's got his eye on the planet, as the air thickens, the water sours, and even the bees' honey takes on the metallic taste of radioactivity? And it just keeps coming, faster and faster. There's no chance to think, to prepare; it's buy futures, sell futures, when there is no future"

He challenges us with: "You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire; you build egos the size of cathedrals; fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse; grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green, gold-plated fantasies, until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own God... and where can you go from there?"

And the piece de resistance, the persuasive argument that daily eats away at my neshomo: "Let me give you a little inside information about God. God likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it. He gives man instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does He do, I swear for His own amusement, his own private, cosmic gag reel, He sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all time. Look but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow. Ahaha. And while you're jumpin' from one foot to the next, what is he doing? He's laughin' His sick, f***in' ass off. He's a tight-ass. He's a sadist. He's an absentee landlord. Worship that? Never."

TRK

5 Comments:

At 6/06/2005 1:27 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Ah, "The Devil's Advocate"...Very under-rated movie, in my book. The "Look but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste but don't swallow" line is one my top 5 favorite lines from a movie. I also think that some-times G-d has to get a chuckle out of some of the things that we do. And, hey, how many Jewish comedians are there?!? Of course, G-d has a sense of humor. But, then again, G-d doesn't not have a sense of humor. But, Mr Anderson and the lawyer have two things in common. G-d gaves the greatest gift that any-one can hope for..."Free will, brother. Free will. You choose to jump, and then you just...do it." "The problem is choice."
-OC

 
At 6/06/2005 5:58 PM, Anonymous Its your life? said...

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At 6/08/2005 3:48 PM, Blogger menachem said...

that's my second favorite movie rant. this is my favorite:

I do actually have a test today. That wasn't bullshit. That I care about it was.

It's on European socialism. I mean, really. What's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan to be European. So, who gives a shit if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists and it still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car.

Not that I condone fascism. Or any "isms". "Isms", in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an "ism". He should believe in himself. And I quote John Lennon. "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." A good point there. After all, he was the Walrus. I could be the Walrus, I'd still have to bum rides off people.

I'm sure i dont need to say what movie that's from.

TRK- Don't let Al Pacino run your life.

 
At 6/09/2005 3:02 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

That's in my top 5 also. I'll give you my favorite one later...I'll leave you in suspence until then..."Luke...I am your father." "NOOOOOO!!!"
-OC

 
At 6/10/2005 12:26 PM, Blogger LTF said...

Regarding "And the piece de resistance, the persuasive argument that daily eats away at my neshomo: "Let me give you a little inside information about God. God likes to watch. He's a prankster...And while you're jumpin' from one foot to the next, what is he doing? He's laughin' His sick, f***in' ass off. He's a tight-ass. He's a sadist. He's an absentee landlord. Worship that? Never."

The part they obviously don't get is "s'char v'onesh" and "l'fum tzara agra." Yes, if you see only one-half the picture, life can seem very cruel. If you see the total picture, then it's (immensely) challenging, but not cruel, but the opposite.

A gutten...

 

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