According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord
Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

HBO Series Watchmen - A Compendium of Everything: Season 1


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Let's take a brief break from daily life and consider all we know, have interacted with over our lifetimes, and perhaps even discussed here at Relevancy22. The HBO series Watchmen might be the perfect time to consider where we are, have been, and might be going in the Age of Pluralism, Disruption, and Imagination.

R.E. Slater
November 27, 2019

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Damon Lindelof has created a new series that is much less complicated than his blockbuster TV show LOST that I enjoyed so very much but promises to be every bit as fun and perplexing. Expect some violence as the 1986 comic series it is based off was quite violent as was the 2009 movie as they seem to be asking the question,

“Does violence beget violence or is it a necessary evil used to survive?”

Context is everything. And for a writer, an artist, or even a film producer, having context that has matured with perspective allows the subject matter to be formed (or re-formed) into a more beneficial mode of discussion for societies struggling with confusion, doubt, and fear. All infamous hallmarks, I might add, under the "golden age" of Trumpism.

Having not read any of the 12-part comic series (completed between 1986-87) but having recently watched the 2009 movie series Watchmen for helpful context, I am finding HBO’s Watchmen series a great understatement to approaching the questions American society has been struggling with. Questions such as whether black lives matter (they do!). Or, whether domestic policing can be racist (they can be!). Or, whether our allegiance to Flag and Country can be rightfully questioned against a nationalised patriotism that doesn't recognise the Constitutional rights of all elements of its society (it must be!). Even so, I suspect Damon Lindelhof of twisting the elements of this most modern and yet oldest of tales to address these politic factors of human justice and individual psyche in a way which might help any constitutionally constructed postmodern society in facing up to failures and opportunities for redressing those failures in constructive fashion.

For myself, I fell into Watchmen without any idea of what it was about, who wrote it, or what it was attempting to say. It was an act of happenstance which caught my attention as it addressed issues such as white supremacy, the struggle of human rights over technocratic democracies moving towards soulless consumerism, to corporate governance over the rightful public governance of government, and so forth. I also had read not long ago of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, murders of the 1920s when noticing that the Watchmen rightfully started with this  event based on the actual history of the harm done to 900 black residents of Tulsa of whom 100 were murdered and the other 800 suffering injuries and lost of all property to racist neighbors. When I next discovered Damon Lindelof’s name attached to the series I immediately knew it would be starkly different from the older comic series or the movie by the same name. At that point I was interested and motivated to give it a deeper look as if looking in the mirror of self-reflection asking rightful questions of meaning, purpose and identity.

So here we go, Easter eggs and all. Enjoy!

R.E. Slater
November 27, 2019


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INTRODUCTION - "The Backstory to the Backstory to the Beginning"


HBO Series Trailer


Before watching HBO’s Watchmen here’s what you should know about the comic...


DC COMICS 1986-87 LIMITED SERIES
Wikipedia:


The History of the Watchmen


Did Dr. Manhattan Create the DC Universe?



THE 2009 WATCHMEN FILM
Wikipedia:


2009 Watchmen Movie based upon 1986 Comic
"The backstory to HBO’s Watchmen Series"

Note: Having recently watched this film I found it immediately
helpful to Lindelof's newer story line. Having first watched the
first six episodes of HBO's new series the movie repeated all
that I already knew but still provided a better foundation than
not having watched it at all. - res


Watchmen (2009) Official Trailer


2009 Watchmen - Ten Years Later


Watchmen Film vs Comic Series - 
What’s the Difference?



2019 HBO's WATCHMEN SERIES
Wikipedia:


HBO Watchmen Promo
Trailer





Wikipedia - Racism in America -


The larger context I believe is the struggle we all have with accepting others different from ourselves. In a  word, its known as pluralismBelow is a helpful video that I  loved providing  the contextual framing needed in understanding how pluralism must now become a socio-evolutionary attitude and behavior in human development in order  for large civilizations to peacefully live with one another. - res


08 Pluralism & Society


Trolling White America - https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a29565670/watchmen-hbo-backlash-controversy-white-supremacy/

GZ0 - https://io9.gizmodo.com/hbos-watchmen-wants-to-dig-into-the-heart-of-american-r-1838914665




EPISODE 1 - "IT's SUMMER AND WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF ICE"


Oklahoma, “Pore Jud Is Daid”


Watchmen Promo Episode 1



Review of Episode 1 by Digital Trends (DT1) -

Tulsa's Black Wall Street massacre



The Tulsa Race Massacre; Then and now.


Buzztox1 (BT1)


Breakdown & Easter Eggs Video 1




EPISODE 2 - "MARTIAL FEATS OF COMANCHE HORSEMANSHIP"

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George Catlin, Comanche Feats of Horsemanship, 1834-1835, oil on canvas,
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.487

Watchmen Promo Episode 2




Breakdown & Easter Eggs Video 2




EPISODE 3 - "SHE WAS KILLED BY SPACE JUNK"

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Watchmen Promo Episode 3





Watchmen Jeremy Irons Interview



Side Note: I found this interview intriguing as Jeremy considered his role as an
actor within the series as well as his career as an actor speaking to the many
masks he has worn personally, professionally, and within himself. I counted
five layers within this complex individual. - res


Breakdown & Easter Eggs Video 3




EPISODE 4 - "IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY STORY, WRITE YOUR OWN"

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Watchmen Promo Episode 4


"I'd like to ride storms,
kill sharks in the open sea,
drive out the aggressors,
reconquer the [my] country,
undo the ties of serfdom,
and never bend my back
to be the concubine
of whatever man."

-  Lady Triệu


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Lady Triệu (Vietnamese: Bà Triệu, Sino-Vietnamese: 趙嫗 Triệu Ẩu; 225–248) was a female warrior in 3rd century Vietnam who managed, for a time, to resist the Chinese state of Eastern Wu during its occupation of Vietnam. She is also called Triệu Thị Trinh, although her actual given name is unknown. She is quoted as saying, "I'd like to ride storms, kill sharks in the open sea, drive out the aggressors, reconquer the country, undo the ties of serfdom, and never bend my back to be the concubine of whatever man."[1][2] She has also been called the Vietnamese Joan of Arc.




Breakdown & Easter Eggs Video 4






EPISODE 5 - "LITTLE FEAR OF LIGHTENING"

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Watchmen Promo Episode 5





Breakdown & Easter Eggs Video 5




EPISODE 6 - "THIS EXTRAORDINARY BEING"

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Watchmen Promo Episode 6


Breakdown & Easter Eggs Video 6




EPISODE 7 - "An Almost Religious Awe"


Watchmen Promo Episode 7


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Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"








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EPISODE 8 - "A God Walk into a Bar"


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EPISODE 9 - "See How They Fly"


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SEASON WRAP UP


Collider's Interview with Damon Lindelof


Watchmen's Damon Lindelof goes
Comic Book Shopping



The Original Comic Series Watchmen Explained



How Watchmen Broke Alan Moore



Alan Moore talks to John Higgs
about the 20th Century