Sunday, October 31, 2010

Religion and Spirituality (The Burning Times Documentary)

This beautifully crafted film is an in-depth look at the witch-hunts that swept through Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to massive torture and burnings at the stake, and ultimately to the destruction of an organic way of life. The film advances the theory that widespread violence against women and the neglect of our environment today can be traced back to those times.

This was one of our darkest periods, one that brought out the very worst in people -- our morbid sadistic bloodthirst that thrilled in the power of life and death over others -- and it is, I think, fair to say that we still struggle with this now. Perhaps we always did. Even today, almost all women live with a distinct but unarticulated fear and uncertainty of their place in society, but perhaps in understanding what happened to bring that about -- that it was a specific series of events that really happened, and her fear is that awful legacy -- women may come to feel less isolated and more willing to move past that fear to find their own sense of purpose that they define for themselves. If this video plays any positive part in that, I am very happy for it.

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