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Change Takes Time September 29, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Mindfulness, Nature, Poetry.
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Strolling down the beach
We encounter obstacles
One of life’s constants

Accept the “what is”
Do what you can here and now
Realize change takes time

Tangled in fishing
line, the patient pelican
awaits its release

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Invention of Lying September 29, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Humor, People.
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The Invention of Lying stars Ricky Gervais in a fantasy world that looks exactly like Earth except for one critical distinction . . . everyone is scrupulously honest.

Residents of this fictional world tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

They do not filter their thoughts to  transform what we might view as a politically incorrect utterance (i.e., the truth) into subtle deception or outright lie.

As they thinketh . . . so they speaketh.

Their blatant honesty, so far afield from the deception we routinely experience (and dish out) in our daily lives, fires up our mirror neurons in instant empathy for Gervais, our unlikely hero:

In a world where no one fibs, fiction doesn’t exist and people take each other at their literal word, unsuccessful screenwriter Mark (Ricky Gervais) gains fame and fortune ~ and maybe the girl of his dreams (Jennifer Garner) ~ by saying things that aren’t true.

Gervais’s character creates the art of deception while lying to his mother . . . on her death bed.

Instead of telling the truth, Gervais creates God in his own image and describes a fanciful Heaven to his mother to help her cope with her imminent demise.

An interesting, awkward, and thought-provoking look at why we lie.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have you seen The Invention of Lying?

What did you think?  Be honest!

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