The Silver Screen

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18 May 2017 Thursday 2:30pm

 

“Nobody imagines the screen too big.”

Yup, another alarm that woke me up this morning. But no worries, I went back to sleep.

What time is your real alarm anyway, child?

I have two actually. One is at 4:45. And the next one is at 5.

Why do you have two alarms?

There was this one day when I went back to sleep after my 5am alarm went off. And needless to say when I woke up an hour later, I went into panic mode. I had to get my son ready for school within half an hour!

So what happened?

All’s well that ends well, I guess.

Did it happen again?

No, not really. These days, I get enough sleep. Maybe it’s my new bed.

That’s good to hear. Or maybe because you’re at peace with yourself?

Yeah, You could say that too. I guess when you accept and bless everything all the time…well, not all the time. Most of the time, you’ll be at peace with yourself. With your soul…Um, God?

Yes?

We forgot about the alarm. That statement we’re supposed to discuss?

Ah yes. “Nobody imagines the screen too big.”

Yup. That one. Are we talking about the silver screen again?

Why do you call it the silver screen?

I dunno. Let me look it up…Okay. Urban Dictionary says “The real name is called silver lenticular screen, is a type of projection that was popular in the early years of the motion picture industry. The term “silver screen” originated in reference to the actual silver content embedded in the material that made up the screen’s highly reflective surface. The term “silver screen” has passed into popular use as a way of referring to projection screens in general and motion picture projection screens, and also known for being used in theaters.”

Did you know about that?

You mean about the projection screen having silver content embedded in it? No. But when You asked me to look it up, the thought came to mind even before I looked it up. Two plus two equals four kinda thing, You know?

Word association, you mean.

Yeah. That’s what life is all about. Or rather what soul language is all about. Soul language is all about word association.

Like your name.

What about my name?

Joy.

Yes, that’s my name.

Are you—

Oh no.

Oh no what?

Oh no, don’t associate me with the word “happiness”.

Why not?

I’m not happiness. All the time, anyway.

When was the last time you were sad?

Major sad?

Yes.

When Dad died.

And since then?

Since then…maybe one and a half months ago?

Why?

Um…never mind. There are some things a girl likes to keep to herself, is that okay?

That’s perfectly okay, child. So we can establish the fact that even though you are called Joy, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re happy all the time.

No, I don’t want to establish that. Let me just say that to me, the word “joy” isn’t about being happy all the time. To me, it’s about being at peace. Isn’t God also called joy? So I prefer that we establish the fact that God is joy because God is peace. God is love. Love and peace seem to go hand in hand with joy. Am I right?

Yes, you’re right. You keep using the word “establish”. Do you know what it means exactly?

That’s what dictionaries are for. Establish can mean “to show to be valid or true; prove.” Sample sentence is “to establish the facts of the matter.”

What else does it mean?

There are eight of them!

Read to Me the first one.

“To found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis.” So what’s this got to do with the silver screen?

Oh, yes. The silver screen. Nobody imagines the screen too big…Okay. So what’s the latest movie you’ve seen lately?

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 last Sunday.

How was it?

Honestly? Noisy.

How come?

I was a little bit overwhelmed with the special effects. You know, the CGI.

Then why did you watch it?

Well, the kids like it. I thought of buying them tickets and they can watch it by themselves. But we all might as well coz we were gonna have dinner out together. Family bonding sort of thing…So anyway, we still haven’t established the “silver screen” thing.

Ah yes. So do you think the special effects or as you call it, CGI, too big for the silver screen?

Um, no. In my opinion, filmakers would be short-changing us if they didn’t go all out to get as creative as they can when it comes to what they want the audiences to watch. And learn for that matter. Because I believe all films are lessons for everyone who’s watching them.

But you must agree that there is a thing called censorship?

Yeah. Google says the meaning of censorship is “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc., that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.” I guess filmmakers know what is acceptable and unacceptable. And they work within that paradigm. (Ooh, big word.)

So do you agree with our alarm statement?

Nobody imagines the screen too big. Hm…I don’t know. Too big for what?

For miracles, my child. The silver screen is now being used to portray life in the past, present and future. So do you think nobody imagines life too big for miracles?

I don’t know. If we don’t believe in miracles then what else can we believe in?

Precisely.

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