Jul 25, 2012

Metaphorically Speaking

7/25/2012 — cori

Gavin:  "How about every time I talk to you, you respond to me metaphorically."

Me:  "What does that even mean, Gavin."

Gavin: "You know, I say something and then you respond using a metaphor."

Me:  "Oh.  Like, if you say 'corndog', then I say, 'you're as skinny as a corn dog'. Right?"

Gavin:  "No mom.  That's a simile.  You need you use a metaphor such as, 'this red is the sun'.

Me:   "Oh.  I don't know what to say.  How about I just don't talk."

The Power Of One

7/25/2012 — cori

We've waited years to show one of our favorite movies to the boys.  We finally deemed they were mature enough to handle the deep, powerful concepts and reality this movie brings to light.  Some messages are best understood through words, as ideas that seep into your brain and take root in your heart from a book.  Other times, an intimate, one-on-one conversation is all that is needed to convey a deep idea or discuss what life does to our hearts. And then there are yet other times, such as this, where a picture is worth a thousand words.  The images played out in this movie said more than any of the words we could have used to explain apartheid, prejudice, hatred, forgiveness, love and sacrifice.

Some of my absolute favorite quotes from this movie are:

"Little defeat big when little is smart.  First with the head, then with the heart."

"A waterfall starts with but one drop and look what comes of that."

"Any ideology that needs to attack the thing that least threatens it is an ideology that will not outlive its own generation."

"Laws define rights."
"I agree sir, but do they always define justice?"
"Justice, young man, is only relative to who is in charge."
"Quite true, sir.  But perhaps how well they stay in charge is only relative to how well they dispense that justice."

"The brain, PK, has two functions:  It is the best reference library ever, which is a good thing to have.  But also from it comes original thought.  In school  you will get all filled up with the facts.  Out here [in nature], your brain will learn where to look, how to look, and how to think.  Any question you ever have you will find the answer in Nature - if you know where to look, and how to ask."

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