A Couple Things That Bother Me

Okay, so where do I start? I think I’ll start with my helping hands board writing. For those of you that don’t know what that is, I basically write out the schedule for whoever is working helping hands that day (which isn’t exactly our best and brightest). One of my more creative desires concerns writing it out in a different way each time. Yes, I will concede that some of the time when I write it may be a bit difficult for those who are, shall we say, slower. But tonight’s example very much unsettles me. Here’s basically what I wrote:

charLie 10-2
christOpher 2-6
mmV (2005)
jErry 8-130

It was centered around the capital letters to spell out ‘love’ (altogether now, “awwww”). So Chris walks in and says “I can’t make heads or tails of this.” My immediate thought is ‘did you try reading it?’ but I held off. So of course it’s going to get erased because it’s too hard for him to understand it.

So now to what really bothers me: this is coming from a man who has a driver’s license. That’s right. The Department of Motor Vehicles authorized this man to drive a car. How in God’s name did this happen! The man basically is too dumb to know how to find his name when it’s not written in order from eight lines of writing. And yet we entrust this man to understand the nuances of driving a car? If he can’t read that how can he read street signs? How can he understand all the various rules of right of way? He could kill someone! Even worse…he could have voted for Bush.

‘The Passion of the Christ’ recently won the People’s Choice Award for Best Drama. I can just as well say that I disagree, but that’s not what bothers me. What bothers me is the term ‘drama’. What drama? Was anyone really on the edge of their seat for this one? It’s just some dude getting beat up for two hours. And for those of you who argue that there really is a story, the various trials and such, to you I say, no. I think the point of the film was the fact that everyone is familiar with the story, and that they know the outcome. The story is irrelevant to this film; it’s the representation of Jesus’ suffering which is why the film was made. So then what was so ‘dramatic’ about the film?