I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on the arc of the non secular path.
It has quite a few elements. There’s the principal thread, the wire that pulls us into the depths. However together with it are quite a few factors about ourselves, strengths, weaknesses. All of the issues that make us, that stand in the best way for us, and that open doorways for us.
A kind of issues activates the query to what can we give our consideration. By one definition these are the gods of our lives. Now, I’m not a monotheist, pondering there may be one true. However, there are quite a lot of divinities in our lives, quite a lot of issues that declare our consideration, some for the nice, some, nicely, not.
Which has turned my ideas to the Golden Calf.
In 2001, the Golden Calf from Cecil B DeMille’s traditional movie “The Ten Commandments,” was bought at a Christie’s public sale for a tad over $15,000. It was, as you may think, the truth is roughly carved wooden with gilt paint. Fairly costly for what’s finally little greater than a tawdry memento. Though I think right this moment somebody may pay a bit extra for it.
I liked the film. I could have seen it within the theater, however I’d have been eight. My reminiscence is mounted by it enjoying in common rotation on tv beginning within the very early Nineteen Seventies, often close to Easter and Passover. And with that for good and sick my picture of Moses in addition to the voice of God is Charleston Heston. Whereas Pharoah is and endlessly shall be Yul Brynner.
Additionally, I’ve seared into my thoughts the picture of the evil overseer, Dathan, performed deliciously by Edgar G. Robinson. What I used to be unaware of when watching the film was how DeMille, after contemplating a number of actors picked Robinson partly as a result of he’d been blacklisted through the Crimson Scare, and felt he deserved a juicy half for his rehabilitation.
Robinson’s Dathan stood in for all of the vacillation, compromise, and venality of, nicely, truly, all people. So, after all, when it got here time for the Golden Calf scene, its Dathan who does the deed, even whipping the group right into a frenzy, and even providing an implied human sacrifice. Relatively, it’s value noting, than the biblical Aaron, brother of Moses, who within the scriptures truly licensed the making of the calf.
The Golden Calf has entered our Western psyche. It stands for all of the false idols of our lives. And, at the very least out of the movie model, Dathan stands for that half in every of us that, nicely, there’s the checklist: vacillating, compromising, venal.
The elements that worship the false.
The query right here is, amongst these divinities inside your life, what are false gods?
I did a small private evaluation and I’ve discovered a number of which have a spot in my life, each helpful with a correct amount of consideration, others, nicely. I think in the event you look inwards, you most likely can see yours as nicely. Your mates can, particularly the not wholesome ones. You may guess on it.
So, what are yours? For good and sick?
An enormous step on the best way of knowledge.