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Closer and farther away

Out getting some air and trying to clear my head from watching Closer, a horrifying portrait of relationships and the human heart (also sipping on a Brutal Fruit Sultry Strawberry, which is probably counterproductive to the head clearing). What a mess. Even though it was just a film, it really hit home how intricately and thoroughly depraved our hearts can be and how much violence we do to one another when "love" is a euphemism for trying to get what we want, whatever that may be.

With all the other stuff it leaves me feeling, I'm more grateful than anything else. I'm grateful that relationships don't have to be a mad scramble to have our needs and desires met, grateful that love really can and does exist, breaking through even in this messed-up world, not as some kind of guessing game or set of compromises, but through the person of a Savior.

Even with that certain hope, the possibilities of what we can do to one another are frightening. Tread cautiously in dealing with another's heart, and with one's own.

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> Even though it was just a film, it really hit home how intricately and thoroughly depraved our hearts can be and how much violence we do to one another when "love" is a euphemism for trying to get what we want, whatever that may be.

I think living in Seattle reminds me of this every day. Ah, the messes people I know get into because they followed their momentary desire rather than their head (or even their heart)...
While it's one of the things that tires me about the city (and people in general), it's also one of the things I love. I guess I'd rather see open messes than hidden ones, and it also makes the power of God to change our lives, desires, heads, and hearts that much more compelling.
Thanks for watching that. I too wanted to see it for its portrayal of human relations, but felt it a bit much for me to take well. So I am grateful someone "older and wiser" took the time to contemplate its bitter lessons.

Enjoy the Fruit Sultry, too. That's another thing I'd have to be older and... um, older to enjoy.

;-)
It's definitely more than a bit much, and I tend to lean more toward liberty where that kind of thing's concerned. Tough call, but I'd skip it.
i'm glad someone else seems to appreciate that movie. i thought it was terrific as character and relationship studies go, but so many people i talk to can't seem to see past the surface and get something out of it.
I'm mixed on it, but it was powerful regardless.
With all the other stuff it leaves me feeling, I'm more grateful than anything else. I'm grateful that relationships don't have to be a mad scramble to have our needs and desires met, grateful that love really can and does exist, breaking through even in this messed-up world, not as some kind of guessing game or set of compromises, but through the person of a Savior.

Are you and God in cahoots? I've been dwelling on this since a conversation I had yesterday...
I hope we are!
I had heard that movie was really disturbing!
It was, without a doubt. I'm thankful when God turns me to His hope in the midst of that, though,
Yeah - I have stayed away from the movie because I have a terrible, crippling streak of jealousy and "what if" syndrome. I know that movie would only promote the negative side of my mind when in relationships. I always think he is or should be looking at someone smarter, nicer, prettier, sweeter....and so I end up being bitter and uncomfortable in my own skin. I'd just say that movie probably isn't a good flick for me to see! I'm surprised you were so affected by it...you just reinstated my decision not to see it.
It's definitely all about that side. Our hope, thankfully, is elsewhere, and He promises to redeem our relational lives as well.
Indeed.
Hi. I'm fairly new to your journal. I think I stumbled in from a mutual friend's page. :)

I have to agree with your thoughts on this movie. I found it to be quite disturbing and disgusting, and really regretted renting it. But, if there is anything to be gained from it, it's the renewed realization of just how vile and wicked we as fallen people can be, and conversely, how gracious and merciful God is to provide a way out of it. A christian can definitely be more thankful for Him after suffering through a horrible movie like that.