In this scene, the fox spirit and the boy are both feeling despair, but the boy wants the fox spirit to go and the fox spirit wants to stay with the boy. On one level, they feel the same way, and yet on another level, they feel very different desires.
Continue reading What does it mean when X is a friend to Y? It means X feels what Y feels. “Two minds with but a single thought.”
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11
When we do carpentry, we see the wood we are working with, and we can draw up a blueprint well in advance. We have a range of tools laid out on the bench – hammer, saw, sandpaper – and we can choose which tool we want to use.
Conversely, when we get a gift from the spirit, we don’t choose which gift we get, and we don’t design our own blueprint.
A lot of Christians worry about “magic” or “occult” studies, because it seems to them that the “magician” is trying to choose gifts of the spirit, when he ought to simply accept whatever spirit gives with great passivity.
We live in a skeevy, modern, globalized society.
It’s easier to memorize advertising jingles rather than laws, doctrines, or even your friends’ phone numbers.
It’s easy to regard porn as normal media.
I subscribe to a rather “occult” or “mystical” viewpoint.
I believe that if I put garbage thoughts into my subconscious mind, my life will turn into corresponding garbage. “As above, so below.”
Some people might castigate this as shockingly un-Christian occult thinking, but a lot of famous Christians have written the same idea. (The supposed dichotomy between “Christian” and “occult” will get its own post later.)
Recently, I was delighted by one anime blogger’s analysis to a text posted at Patheos, and I will quote said blogger herein:
Continue reading What I watch influences me. Each anime has an important story to tell, if I’m willing to listen. Is this not magical? [Awesome post plus a link to awesome excerpt]
has a remarkable perspective on a show that I often regard as a solid treatment of rather trite themes. Perhaps Kill La Kill! contains deeper ideas than I had given it credit for.