Monday, November 11, 2002

Just watched Waking Life by Richard Linklater. Poses the question (as those of you who have seen it know)...."are we sleepwalking through our waking life or wake-walking in our dream world?" Found myself sitting transfixed at times (like the unnamed main character)........eyebrow cocked, scrubbing my chin, wading alternatingly through the hubris of empty philosophy and chewing on nuggets of wisdom. A young man returns to his town, where years ago a young friend showed him the words with a folding paper toy: "dream is destiny." He seems to be in a dream but can't awaken as throngs of ideologues engage him, pouring out their worldviews with passion. Not much in the way of Judeo-Christian perspective (if any), but it is a surrealistic and worthy contemporary reference (if not a roll call) of philosophical approaches from historical thinkers ranging from nihilism, Darwinism, empiricism, positivism to passionate existentialism- as they might play out in the hearts and minds of "everyday" people.

If the movie is (arguably and at the least) a partial "who's who" on Christianity's contemporary rivals, who amongst us is helping formulate the new Christian apologetic in this pomo transition? The world hosts it's philosophical roundtable and too few of us in Christendom have taken a seat. So, in the shadow of academia, Miami-style, we stand somewhat accused. Just a bit, though because we at least do have plans.