Saturday, May 20, 2006


Today I went to the movies for the first time in 2 years. I did ok. We went to the first matinee so it wasn't too smelly. Unfortunately, I had a touch of a stomach bug so I missed about half the movie visiting the little girl's room but all in all, I had a good time.

We went to see The DaVinci Code. It was a little confusing at times as I kept having to step out, but it was pretty good. I was there for all the important reveals so it made sense. After seeing the movie, I think this seems the most logical story about Jesus. A regular man, out to save the world.

During the pre-movie trailers, there was a trailer for World Trade Center. It brought me to tears. As much as I would like to see the movie, I'm not sure I can, if a trailer can get me that upset. It is so odd to have a historical event, that took place so recently be made into a movie. I think it is too soon.

I remember that morning so vividly. I remember sweating in the park across from my office, as another department in our building was on strike and would not let us in the building. I remember walking the 2 blocks for my yearly blood work. I remember walking the two blocks back, finally gaining access to the building, walking past the boardroom, seeing it full of people in tears. I remember the days that followed, glued to CNN, for any glimmer of hope that this was all a bad dream.

And what have we learned since then? As far as I am concerned nothing. Sure, we now live in a cautious fear; every time a plane crashes or a train derails we automatically assume first that it is an act of terrorism. But other than that, we have learned nothing. We still discriminate, only now we include religion. Our neighbors to the south, still barrel into war, to find what isn't there. To blame those who were not the perpetrators. To make themselves feel better knowing that they have punished someone, anyone they can find, instead of capturing the real threat.

And all this brings me back to The DaVinci Code. Perhaps if we all took the view, that religion, whether it be Christianity or Islam, is not based on divine Gods, but rather regular people simply wanting to make their world a better place, we can stop any future atrocities.

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