Today I want to highlight my colleague's trenchant analysis of the film Of Gods and Men, in part because we are in the midst of the Christmas season, but also because of the ways in which this movie invites us all to reconsider our approach to violence, terrorism, and the economy in light of Christmas.
There is something sacred in the act of lighting a flame. This time of year brings many such rituals -- the Yule log, the Christmas candle and the Chanukah menorah, among others. Each, in its own way, reminds us that our lives need never be engulfed by darkness so long as we remember to kindle a light.
There is the China we hear about in the news: largest economy in the world; lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty and into urban areas; largest CO2 emitter; entrenched corruption; toxic air; poisoned food and water; growing disparity; political uncertainties; global expansion and entanglement...
I thought Bob Dylan's statement was profound. We've always had war, and all kinds of related evils, but with Hiroshima, we crossed the line with this new demonic power and insane preparation to destroy the entire planet. We said to God, "What it took you 15 billion years to make, we can destroy in 15 minutes."