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Film Snapshot: The circles we draw


A good man draws a circle around himself and cares for those within--his woman, his children. Other men draw a larger circle and bring within their brothers and sisters. But some men have a great destiny. They must draw around themselves a circle that includes many, many more. Your father was one of those men. You must decide for yourself whether you are as well.

--Tic ‘Tic to D'Leh in 10,000 B.C.

While this quote is in the context of helping a young man decide how much he's willing to take on in terms of leadership, this quote resonated with me because it challenges us to consider the circles we draw ourselves. All too often, we draw circles way too small. Jesus' circles broke the social and religious customs of his day, including folks who most considered outside acceptable boundaries--from women and Samaritians to lepers and the sick to despised (often with good reason) tax collectors and the riff-raff. Ultimately, his circles are so great that it includes us all.

And that should cause us to ask what circles we've drawn--in our neighborhoods, work, churches, and as-we-go. As followers of Jesus, perhaps we must expect our circles to resemble his, to include and even invite those beyond our brothers and sisters, to include the many, many more--who perhaps, at the very least, should be in our minds as we make larger economic, political and church-related decisions. Of course, we'll encounter physically a smaller number, but I think our heart must be open to the many, many more--caring for (or paying attention to) those we encounter as we go. Ultimately, perhaps the circles we draw should be with fluid boundaries, as we encounter some for only a moment while others we have the opportunity to walk with longer.

Just thinking.


(Image: Warner Bros)

Comments

Ken Brown said…
Good thoughts! So was the movie any good?
Carmen Andres said…
heh, well, i gotta admit we liked it. it's not memorable, but it was an interesting story. somewhat heavy-handed and simple, but entertaining. heh, after the movie i looked at my husband and said, "sometimes i'm glad i'm not a movie critic" -- if i was, i wouldn't have been able to enjoy the film because of its flaws. as i'm not, however, i did :)

as a sidenote, the movie spawned some interesting conversations between my husband and i. heh, we are both now over 40, and that tend to color how we look at young main characters. i loved how d'leh's honorableness drew folks to him so they'd follow him, but his youth at one point causes a moment of hesitancy from one of their soon-to-be allies. that made me think about all the other young leaders in history and wonder if they were as "young and stupid" as d'leh ("stupid" being a rough approximation of his inexperience). we mused on how it is often the young who rise in situations like those because they are not jaded or blunted by world-weary experience. amazing it happens at all sometimes, but still a reminder of how things work sometimes.

also, another aspect of the story we found interesting was it's presentation of the advanced civilization as evil and decadent and the simple folks (mostly hunters or aquarian) as good of heart and honorable (even the main character's rival), a kind of rousseau-ian take of the world. but that spawned an interesting musing between my husband and i about the truth in the nature of civilizations. as he's my "walking-encylopidea" (and a political scientist), i asked him if there was ever a civilization in history that didn't grow corrupt at heart and collapse. he couldn't think of one. (but then it was late at night, too, heh.) which made me muse more about man-made systems and human nature.

so, in the end, i don't think it deserves it's 9% rating at rotten tomatoes. it might not get too much higher from us, but it was worth a couple of hours.
Don said…
Those comments remind me a lot of one of my favorite Christian bloggers, Richard Beck at Experimental Theology who believes hospitality and the embrace of the Other is the essence of the Christian vision. I agree. By the way, we saw Wall E on opening day and really enjoyed it.

Don
josephmcbee said…
Great quote, but I thought this movie was just awful!
Carmen Andres said…
we're really looking forward to Wall-E -- hopefully we'll see it in the next week or two with our kids!

joe, we just saw a truly awful movie: Ghost Rider. groan. and i really wanted to like it! as for 10000 BC, like i mentioned above we actually liked it, heh.