Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Life Lessons from Aussie Movies

I haven't seen a lot of Australian films; but two I have seen and loved are Opal Dream and Muriel's Wedding.    For me, both films carry valuable life lessons.

Opal Dream is a beautiful film set in Cooper Pedy--a mining town where most residents live underground.

Young Kellyann has an intense relationship with her two imaginary friends, "Pobby" and "Dingan". She insists her friends are real and for her, they ARE real.

The reactions of her family and townspeople range from ridicule to a store clerk providing Pobby and Dingan with their favorite lollipops.  

When Pobby and Dingan go missing, the psychological and physical health of Kellyann deteriorates.  

For me, the film talks about belief and faith; but also about supporting other people's belief and faith--no matter how silly it may seem to us.  

The film hints (or is at least open to the idea) that Pobby and Dingan are actually real.  Perhaps some kind of spiritual entity?

Jack has imaginary friends, but from what I gather he does not actually believe they're real.   I think he understands that these characters are in his mind.   He doesn't seem to take them that serious.  It's a game--a stretch of the imagination.

But I do believe that some children interact with invisible entities that are real.  Maybe they see ghosts?  I don't know.   I'm guessing though that these children are rarely believed or taken seriously.

I am very spiritual and some of my beliefs might be seen as weird or blasphemous.    I don't demand that people believe what I believe, but I do want respect.  I don't want people trying to prove that what I believe isn't real.   I don't want anyone to laugh at my beliefs.

I guess what I want is:

a) to be heard
b) for the possibility of my beliefs to be at least entertained.

For example, I believe I have some kind of spiritual connection to Australia.  I don't expect everyone to agree with that.   But I want them to respect that I believe that; and I'd appreciate it if they considered it MIGHT be possible.

I'm fairly tolerant of most beliefs.   In my opinion, I can't know everything.   What I think of as being silly and impossible could actually be real.   I also think the important thing about beliefs and faith is that it brings someone comfort.    If someone beliefs that there is no God and no metaphysical world; if they believe science is the only answer.....I say if this makes them feel comfortable, then good!    If someone believes they are elves reincarnated into human bodies,  good on them!

Okay.  Well, this took up more space than I thought.   I think I'll continue with Muriel's Wedding tomorrow.


To be continued.