Nemesis_4726 March 2012 at 9:41amPosts: 989 (0 today)Status: offline
Here's two, the Robin Williams one is very serious and does deal with suicide, the Albert Brooks movie is a gentle comedy, I like it
Defending Your Life (1991)
In an afterlife resembling the present-day US, people must prove their worth by showing in court how they have demonstrated courage.
Albert Brooks ... Daniel Miller
Meryl Streep ... Julia
The scene where he's at a booth checking out his past lives (hosted by Shirley MacLaine of course) is pretty funny
What Dreams May Come (199
After dying in a car crash a widowed man searches the afterlife for his wife.
Zenrider26 March 2012 at 3:05pmPosts: 3538 (2 today)Status: offline
The Frighteners? Better to focus on life and perhaps learn about the interests those people had and some of the things they did in their life.
Focusing on death does not bring life.
Maybe it's silly trying to find comfort in what is supposed to be just entertainment.
The anniversary of my niece's death is coming up soon, everyone is having a real hard time with it.
Pat Parker27 March 2012 at 1:25amPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
I cannot believe it is nearly a year for you and your family's loss. I agree that the entire first year is difficult to go through after losing a loved one, I also agree that the first year anniversary also brings a newly felt loss -- the fact that an entire year has gone by without your loved one -- it's sad because we are then faced with the idea of just how quickly the time went by and I think deep down inside we worry that with each passing year, we will lose the person a little bit more.
I certainly am no expert in this field, but I am a person who has lost many significant people (for being a young person, that is) -- beginning at 17 years old, with my father's death, then losing my eldest brother at his young age of 45 years old, a few years later, my mother died and a few years after that, my eldest brother-in-law died very suddenly and unexpectedly -- in between all of those deaths, there were deaths of other relatives and friends. I'm sure nearly every one can account for nearly the same experiences.
Throughout my life and my personal experiences with death I have come to believe that just as there are stages of death and dying, I think there are various stages in our grieving. I have always referred to the first year as the "selfish" year. The "selfish" year is not meant as something bad, it's just that it is the time in which we deal with the death of a loved one and experience grief on the most personal (selfish) level -- "I wish I could have said Goodbye" "I wish you could have lived to see _____" "I wish you wouldn't have gotten sick now" "I really don't know how I'm going to get through this" "I don't want to live without you" -- all of these and many more thoughts and feelings go through our minds and it's a time when we, as individuals are trying to carry on without our loved one. We miss them terribly, but we miss them for ourselves. (Again, this is just my own opinion and it's not a "bad" thing -- in fact, I think it might be necessary to experience it before moving forward in our grief).
After the first year or first few years, we still miss our loved ones (always will), but I think we then begin to make the transition of being sad and missing them not so much for our own selves, but more for who that person was and the times of our life that they might have missed -- "I wonder what my mom would think of this or that" "I think dad would really get a kick out of _____" -- I think we then are able to miss the person, think of them (sometimes with tears but more so with smiles and memories) and that is how we carry on with them in our hearts and souls and person.
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers while you approach the anniversary of your niece's death. Hugs to all of you.
Zenrider1 April 2012 at 1:49pmPosts: 3538 (2 today)Status: offline
Posting, with permission, an article a cousin of mine wrote, which seems somewhat relevant to the original post to this thread. He emails them to me, so I don't have a link to the article I posted below. (BTW, it's pronounced Maydrick a brief bio and link to the paper he writes this column in. http://www.grandrapidsmn.com/scene_and_screen/article_bf15c46a-dd60-11df-8430-001cc4c03286.html )
Where are the prophets? By Terry Mejdrich
Throughout human history all cultures produced individuals to warn of impending danger. They might have been called prophets, mystics, shamans, seers, psychics, diviners, forecasters, telepaths, or clairvoyant. In some cultures these individuals were believed to have divine connections. But divine or merely insightful, these people seem to have disappeared from the planet two thousand years ago. It would be nice to have a few such individuals around today to give us a heads up on where we are headed.
Often these cultures, at the time of the predictions, possessed no written language and it was in subsequent literate generations that the seers’ insights were written down, and well after the event actually happened. Over the span of hundreds of years, these oral traditions became legends with the likelihood of having added embellishments at each telling. Yet a large percent of these various legends have at their core at least a kernel of truth, and with some notable similarities.
What is notable are the recorded public reactions to the seers’ predictions. One would think that getting a detailed report of future events would be worthy of a celebration. Yet these visionaries were often met with hostility. From a personal safety standpoint, being a prophet was not always a wise career choice. People do not like to receive bad news that is disruptive of the status quo and sometimes react irrationally against the bearer. This is the mental picture behind the fallacy of reasoning known as ‘Kill the messenger.’ It is like vilifying or attacking a news person because he reported unpleasant news.
Accepting that some of those ancient legends may be more accurate than others, we are still left with the question of where are the prophets now when the human race seems even more bent on self-destruction. We could use a benevolent psychic at this juncture to help steer a safer course. Unless, of course, the future is predetermined and so a warning of impending doom would therefore be of little use. If that is the case, one has to wonder what the point of the prophet really is. If the future is pre-set, then there is nothing one can do to personally change it and so the prophet may as well keep his information to himself.
But if the point of a seer is to provide a warning of imminent danger so that we might take heed and then alter our lives to avoid that danger, then we have to conclude that the future is not set in stone, and we have the opportunity to make course corrections as needed. And, of course, we do have seers today, though they are not recognized as such.
Today’s forecasters of future events do not get their information by channeling to a divine entity, but by years of study and dedication to become knowledgeable in an area of scientific research. Given credible information, it is possible to predict the future, and scientists do it all the time. The more we become familiar with the workings of our environment, the more we begin to accurately predict the consequences of natural events and our own actions. This is true for everyone, not just scientists. What’s likely to happen if we walk on thin ice? Get addicted to drugs? Don’t get enough exercise? Pollute the environment? Get into a ‘rut’? Each of us becomes a seer if we keep an open mind and we have enough information to make a reasonable prediction and enlightened decision.
Like the prophets of old, modern seers can only provide the information. It is left to the individual to accept, ignore, or reject it. At present the environmental ‘ice’ we’re venturing out onto is very thin, yet we seem not to believe, just as the general populations in the old legends, that we are at great risk. The warnings of scientists are ignored or even berated, even by candidates in the ongoing national primary.
Yet it doesn’t take a prophet or telepath or a scientist to realize we live in pivotal times, though it does take two open eyes with the ability and desire to see through the political fog. From human degradation of the environment to violent social struggles, we face great challenges made ever more so by the sheer number of people on the planet competing for space and resources. It would be interesting to fast foreword about a thousand years into the future to see what legends were written down about our time, and whether or not today’s seers were vindicated or ignored.
JSR2 April 2012 at 4:57amPosts: 1 (0 today)Status: offline
Well its been a while posting here. Couple thoughts on the post. First, a "6" year doctoral student? Really? Bet he's a little conflicted, guess we should take this publication with a bit of salt
And second, with the current understanding of the size of the universe and it's contents, it's hard to imagine earth is the only place that contains life and even intelligent life in this universe. For me there really is no question, it's just a matter of time...if we are so lucky, ha-ha!
Note, this is not an opinion (as the post button suggests below), but merely just a perspective.
keith17 April 2012 at 7:47pmPosts: 1 (0 today)Status: offline
In the 70s, as a 12 year old, I was fascinated by Erich von Däniken (Chariots of the Gods etc.) books. - but then I grew up !.
More than 30 years ago it emerged that his work was a combination of fiction, misrepresentation, use of faked evidence, fraud and wild imagining’s. When confronted with evidence of having made things up Von Daniken admitted he had fabricated some experiences in order make his books more interesting! . On another occasion he had the bare faced cheek to justify his deception on the basis that some people would only believe his ideas if he presented them with proof !!!
Actually, he may have missed a trick as he obviously had all the ingredients to start his own a religion!
So as someone once said, “by all means be open minded, but not so open minded that your brains fall out”.
Zenrider20 April 2012 at 4:39amPosts: 3538 (2 today)Status: offline
LOL, Keith, have thought of starting my own 'religion' just don't have the heart to fleece anyone, even if perhaps I would be as right as any of those that started before me.