Wednesday, December 22, 2010

a subtle knife: reflections on myth, politics, and desire

A very interesting blog from Cape Town, South Africa...

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I came to this site via a link to Andries Du Toit's marvelous review and analysis of the 2009 science fiction movie District 9.  I sensed there were currents running through that movie that I only just perceived due to my brief exposure to South African politics and sociology as the country prepared to emerge from the apartheid era in the mid-90s.  Du Toit calls out in detail currents, sub-currents, and threads that may not have been apparent to most American viewers of the film.  Thoughtful and provocative.

Imperceptible Speeds, Meeting Human Needs

Time does fly...and we along with it.

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We've begun another 365.25 day trip around our favorite star. We can't feel it but the Earth is rotating at 1040 miles per hour. The Earth is zipping along its 600 million mile long orbit of the Sun at 67,000 mph. Our solar system is circling the center of our Milky Way galaxy at 483,000 mph. The Milky Way itself is clipping along through the universe at 1.3 million mph. There's a lot going on up there.

Here on Earth, at velocities we can more easily perceive, it's been another difficult year for many. The challenges may not be over but if we work together - as friends, social networks, families, work teams, congregations, and communities - we can make 2011 a better year for everyone.

Godspeed, one and all.