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Normality, and Miracles... - Unbeliever's Land
...The continuing chronicles...
Normality, and Miracles...
...And now, life slowly returns to normal.  Whatever that means.

Thanksgiving was alot of work, but it went well.  We're still eating leftovers.  :)

And as of a couple of hours ago, I am now done with my emergency stint of running sound for opening weekend Miracle on 34th Street.

(So now, stress levels are down to: Figuring out how to configure AppWorx for OSU's best benefit, getting Xmas presents bought and setting up all the decorations.  No sweat.)

But it's Miracle I wanna talk about right now.

I've never really had that show thrust in my face before.  Oh yeah, I was aware of it, and had seen an older movie iteration of it at some point, but I'd never really CONSIDERED it before.


An entire movie (or in this case, play), centered around the message that rationality and reason are for big old meany stupid-heads, and that the REAL secret to happiness and wisdom is Faith.


Great.  A nice, warm-fuzzy message that makes everybody feel good about being stupid.  Lets just all hold hands and celebrate anti-intellectualism together.

If we clap loud enough, Tinker Bell gets better -- and if we believe strong enough, a crazy (but kind!) old man can actually be Santa Claus.

(Never mind that Santa never even works any magic -- he plays Cupid, and uses a Macy's bonus to buy an Xray machine.  Everything else he promises, he relies on parents to deliver.  Even the big uber-present at the end -- the house -- he merely finds for sale and notifies the parents.  He doesn't actually GET it for them; they still have to buy it the old-fashioned way.)

The story ends Xmas eve, at the house.  Santa has disappeared "to go flying over the rooftops".

Am I the only one picturing the Xmas Day headlines?
"Santa Claus" Found Dead

Kris Kringle was found dead this morning at the zoo, having been stampeded by the reindeer he was evidentally trying to set free.  Local Lawyer Fred Gaily was unavailable for comment.  Judge Henry Harper faces disciplinary hearings for allowing an obviously mentally ill man to be set free.

"I just wanted to be popular", Harper said when questioned.  "I'm up for re-election soon, and I just didn't want people to hate me for locking up Santa Claus.  Oh god, what have I done?"
I mean, seriously.

Make-believe is fun, sure.  I enjoy a good sci-fi or fantasy story.  But when make-believe becomes Faith -- when you prefer your made-up world to reality, and "choose to believe in it" -- well, that's not healthy, either for the individual or the society.

You can't just toss rationality aside, when it leads to answers you don't like.  That is... well... irrational.  By definition.

Anyway, just wanted to shake my fist at the sky and play Scrooge a bit.  Ignore me if it makes you feel better...

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amaebi From: amaebi Date: November 30th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gotta say, I was a little startled at the notion of you lighting that play....
unbeliever64 From: unbeliever64 Date: November 30th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, sound. Lights scare me. :)

[Too much ladder work. Besides, screw up a sound, the audience chuckles, and forgets a second later. Screw up the LIGHTS, and the whole show can be ruined...]

"Miracle" actually leaves me very conflicted. You can't NOT love the sweet story... but it's not exactly subtle with that message.

[Angela is much less conflicted. She actively hates the story. The "J" in her has a harder time with the message than even *I* do.]

Santa's always been a thinly-disguised metaphor for God -- be good, and the imaginary white bearded father-figure in the sky will reward you! -- so the whole thing with Fred Gaily [i.e. "with joy"] bringing Doris Walker [i.e. feet-on-the-ground] from Reason to Faith regarding Santa, is literally about bringing an atheist woman (and her daughter) around to Finding Jesus.

(Somehow, they never seem to write stories about a happy atheist bringing an unhappy Christian woman around to realizing that God is a myth.)

So yeah. Grumble grumble.

The director still doesn't have a sound guy for three nights later in the run. If she tries to guilt me into it again, I Will Be Strong...

Edited at 2008-11-30 11:03 pm (UTC)
compostwormbin From: compostwormbin Date: December 1st, 2008 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
(Somehow, they never seem to write stories about a happy atheist bringing an unhappy Christian woman around to realizing that God is a myth.)

Then maybe you should write it. :)
rampling From: rampling Date: December 5th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)

See Letting Go of God by Julia Sweeney (DVD version or CD version. Julia wrote it! An important part of her story is how taking a bible study class at a catholic church ended up making her question everything. I can't recommend her show highly enough!!!

OK, it's not quite directly comparable to Miracle on 34th Street, but it is heartwarming in its own way, at least to me.
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