I watched a really silly movie

In fact, I am not sure one can say it is a bad nor a good movie. It just is. But it is relevant for some of the discussions we have on this blog and elsewhere. In the recent post by Nan, Barry did mention that god has been defined by Lord Geering and maybe a few others as a metaphor representing some of our highest ideas.

This brings us to the movie. It is on Netflix and the tittle is Saladin. I found out this was the deliverer of Jerusalem from the crusaders in the 12th Century. Men were going to their deaths to fight over a piece of earth. And they still do, to this date.

One thing I can say for the script writers and the directors is they know how to revenge. In the whole act, the Arabs are referred to by the Europeans as barbarians and savages but in their actions, the Arabs come out on top. They are just, innovative and their leader Saladin is a man for lack of a better word, we will say is an just principled and generous man.

It is 3 hours long. And while it is the conversation that is riveting, it is in Arabic so you can’t let play in the background while you do some important thing like spoonfeeding a cat that has refused to eat.

Humanity doesn’t seem to have improved. We still kill one another for a piece of earth, or for believing incorrectly when these beliefs have no demonstrated truth/ facts to support them.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

13 thoughts on “I watched a really silly movie

  1. ladysighs says:

    Even if we leave beliefs of god out of the equation, we still fight over land. We fight from the minute we are born IMHO. We fight over everything.

    (This isn’t a comment … just my thoughts. You can fight with me if I make comments. But all you can do about my thoughts is tell me to keep them to myself. ) 😉

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    • basenjibrian says:

      See the massive theocratic state established by the United States to support and extend OUR official State Religion, Mammonism, and it’s cossetted, powerful, and not-to-be-questioned priesthood, the corporate CEOs and Owners of capital. A faint whisper of criticism or questioning the Great God The Market brings shouts of “Blasphemy” (“Socialist” is the word used) worthy of a Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. 🙂 Fighting over land, power, resources. Religion is just an excuse, an explanation, a metaphor, to justify the battle. 🙂

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      • makagutu says:

        Religion is a good excuse to go to war. We are doing this for god sounds better than they are savages we must wipe them out.


        • basenjibrian says:

          We are actually doing it to expand markets for our products (when we used to actually produce thing other than weapons and ever more arcane debt instruments) or to obtain access to natural resources. China is actually doing the same thing via soft power, bribes, technical expertise, and the sheer scale of investment they are willing to make. 🙂


  2. Check out a movie called Kingdom of Heaven-the director’s cut, by Ridley Scott. Saladin is a character in it and it is also about the Crusades at that time. I really enjoy the director’s cut version of it. You might enjoy it. Good battle scenes.


  3. Barry says:

    I’ve added Saladin to my ever growing watch list on NetFlix.

    It’s Lloyd Geering, not Lord. I’m sure you’ll get his name correct one day 🙂 He’s been given a knighthood by our government for services to religion. so you can, if you wish, address him as Sir, but most definitely not Lord.

    Geering’s views are far from unique. Spong and Cupitt have similar ideas. His views are widely accepted in the mainstream churches here, particularly Anglican, Presbyterian and methodist. Geering, and I think Cupitt and Spong have been influenced by the works of philosophers such as Ludwig Feuerbach.


    • makagutu says:

      Blimey! Lloyd Geering it is. One day I will.
      Let me tell you if we were to do s quick poll this side of the Indian ocean to ask how many know of Geering, Spong, Cupitt, we may end up a disappointed lot.

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  4. john zande says:

    Cat not eating is a really bad sign. How’s he doing today?


  5. Now and then we all fall for the romanticism of the movie industry, when it comes to survival there is no good and bad, just good old fashion human savagery.


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