Understanding the TranscendentMore Like This
UNDERSTANDING THE TRANSCENDENT EXPERIENCE
By: Spencer Pennington
In the film Contact several heavy social, theological, spiritual, and personal questions are dealt with. There is of course the question of Are we alone in the Universe? Then there is the follow-up question, If we are not alone, where do Humans sit in the Universe? What is our importance? The other great questions in the film are much more personal in nature: Is there a God, and if so, what is God? Did God create both us and the aliens? Perhaps the most perplexing question though is that of How do we explain and justify the transcendent experience?
The film does this by showing the double-edged nature of skepticism: Skepticism is displayed as a means of analyzing and strengthening one's own faith through questioning and examination. However, it is also shown as being a possible block to the great realm of the
July 2008 Haiku WrimoJuly 1stMore Like This
a moth just short
in a place
only my lover would know...
the woodpile covered
her rising giggle
the hurried jingle
of goat bells
an inbox love note
a gnat cloud splits
a week's goatee
in the sink
stillness an eternity of cicada song
Save the Boob-plate!The reason for making this journal entry is because there is something that has been on my mind since the past three months. And not on my mind alone as it seems more artists are confronted with the same thing I'm about to say. While in most cases time dissipates the issue in my mind this time it is something that keeps bugging me over and over again to a point it irritates the hell out of me. Afterall it is a hot topic that has gone completely viral for many months now.More Like This
This journal entry is all about judgmental journalism, offended-by-design opinionators and the fearsome white knights that the first two bring in its wake. Surely this is something that has existed since the first written word on the internet, and for as long men could express their thoughts behind a pseudonym charade.
Recent events and a large exposure to unhealthy criticism had gotten me thinking and checking with my fellow artists. I'm sure people will say that as an artist we should learn how to deal with harsh and