So today I went and saw “Avatar” with ¾ of the rest of my family, and I must say, it was beyond fabulous. CG (computer generation) was AMAZING, and the storyline wasn’t even lame. It was sort of a mix between Fern Gully and Pocahontas, only for grown ups. It was goooooooooood. It did, however, get me thinking (what doesn’t get me thinking? Haha).
(Skip this paragraph if you’ve seen it.) In the movie the humans have found this other planet (Pandora) that has a rich supply of some sort of rock that can substitute for oil- it’s also very valuable. The largest supply of it on Pandora is directly under the “city” of the Na’vi- the native people. The humans are trying to get the Na’vi to relocate so they can mine the rock; this is where the avatars come in. The avatars are synthetically grown creatures made from mixing the DNA of humans with that of the Na’vi which can be linked to the mind of a human so that they can interact with the Na’vi one-on-one and convince them to relocate. The Na’vi, however, don’t want to relocate, so the head of the company and the military what’s-his-face decide to force them out (quite violently). In essence, the humans are willing to do just about anything to get what they want.
Isn’t that sort of thing what people do all the time? (Without the crazy technology and aliens, of course.) Humans want stuff. It’s this world we live in- we’re supposed to want everything we lay our eyes on- jewelry, cars, toys, money… everything, and we’ll do just about anything to get it. Now, I’m not saying that everyone out there would kill thousands of people for a pretty rock, but I think you get what I’m saying. People have become so focused on material things they don’t know what else to do with themselves. They don’t know what else to focus on.
Christmas is coming up rather quickly (in case you hadn’t noticed). One thing about Christmas that really bothers me is that people celebrate it even if they don’t believe in God or Jesus; it’s become a commercial holiday instead of Jesus’ birthday. Think about it- how much time do you spend trying to find “the perfect gift” and anticipating what you’ll get versus thinking about Christ? I know I’m guilty of it- I always want to get everyone something that they’ll absolutely love and I spend a lot of time thinking about it and looking for the right gift (even though I really don’t have much money at all), but on Christmas do I ever think about Jesus at all?
I guess this is a bit strange, linking Avatar to Christmas, but I guess that’s just how my brain works. My point here is that, as human beings we really need to think more about what we’re doing, how we’re spending our time. I’m not saying don’t get people gifts for Christmas, I’m saying we need to remember the real reason we have the holiday in the first place.
So Happy Christmas.
Go read your bible.
Sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.
Go see Avatar.
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him “Immanuel” which means, “God with us.” -Matthew 1:23