Noah, we need another flood

It was a raw rainy spring day, perfect for a movie matinée. So we went to see Noah. I love Russell Crowe and was anxious to see Hermione, er Emma Watson all grown up.

My initial gut reaction to the movie was, “We need another flood.” I actually said these crazy words out loud. But are they crazy?   They poured out from the same deep sadness I felt at the end of watching Avatar. Our earth is a place of amazing abundance and beauty. The moments when I can be still and take in the smells, sights and sounds of nature’s interconnected communities that make up a forest, a mountain habitat or the sea – I am filled with such joy. But when I think about how much of it feels at risk and fragile because of our human actions a wave of utter despair resonates in my deepest core as a wonder how the world will survive us.

Films such as this give me pause to think about human nature and the oldest human question – are we good or are we evil? When we are honest we can see that light and darkness co-exist in all of us. We all have moments in our lives that we wish we could re-do or erase something we have said or did when our worst side has seeped through. We can see both good and evil all around us – incredible acts of kindness and compassion as well as hard-heartedness, greed and utter disregard for other people and the planet. So maybe the question is, can we as a collective species be good enough?

I want to believe that goodness exists in each and every one of us. I want to believe there is a way to tap into it.   Maybe what we need is not another flood, but more love. When we expand our view of who or what is in our circle of love our hearts open and our judgment softens and there is room for us to care about more than we did before.

This line of rumination makes me think of some of my favorite quotes:

 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Anything war can do, peace can do better.”  (I couldn’t find a source for this one.)

 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
Rumi

 

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7 thoughts on “Noah, we need another flood

    • There were some details that were rather odd while other parts really did make you think about the many details of daily life that aren’t spelled out in the Noah story. All in all if you like Russell Crowe I’d suggest going.

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  1. Wonderful post, and while I haven’t seen it yet I can imagine myself saying that out loud too. You and I (and those similar minded) would nod knowingly at each other if overhearing. Indeed, let’s welcome the flood of Love our world so desperately needs. Thank you for this excellent share.
    Blessings, Gina

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  2. Well put. You echo Gibran’s quote: “We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.”

    In pockets there are those who are spreading light, I am privileged to know of a few, and the ripples they are creating grow ever wide. Then there are those so disconnected from their humanity that they do not realize it’s the seat of Love that beats to keep them alive.
    Gibran: “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness.”
    hugs.

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