Monday, July 9, 2012

In the Beginning . . .

Creation myths are powerful things.  Mess with them at your peril.  Chris Rock learned this last week when he called the Fourth of July "the white man's holiday."  And,  when he added: "the slaves must have enjoyed the fireworks."  That was enough to bring out the outrage army.

Adam and Eve has inspired many more paintings and poems than the Big Bang Theory.  But, maybe that will change a little now that they're calling the beginning of mass "the God particle."

Today I saw a remarkable film: "Beasts of the Southern Wild."  It's not exactly a creation myth but it addresses all of the primal themes.  It explodes with visual and emotional intensity.  I'm going to do some research into who made it and who funded it.  Films like this are so rare.  Don't miss it.


  1. Lovely piece, Joan. You've tilted me to the 'films I gotta see NOW' Thanks, Judy

  2. They're also told in Hollywood the first that come to mind are 2001: a space Odysseus, the tree of life, and the fountain. 'Beats' sounds a lot like these.
    Chris Rock's comment is not the only one to have suffered the wrath of outrage. So did Darwin but his was less of a myth than most (if at all...). I don't want to put the two celebrities in the same boat but creation myths have been a sensitive issue ever since they have been created.