Wednesday, July 21, 2004


Dogma is one hell of a movie by Kevin Smith. It's about two banished angels who finds a loophole that would get them back to Heaven. Going back to heaven would also mean the destruction of heaven itself. It has fantastic characters including the infamous "Jay and Silent Bob". But to enjoy the movie, one must have a good control of English and some basic understanding of Christianity.

The movie starts out with one of the angel(Loki) trying to persuade a nun, about the non-existance of god. The conversation goes like this:-

Nun: Let me get this straight. You don't believe in God because of Alice in Wonderland?

Loki: No, Throught the Looking Glass. That poem, "the Walrus and the Carpenter" that's an indictment of organized religion. The Walrus, with his girth and his good nature he obviously represents either Buddha or with his tusks, the Hindu elephant god, Lord Ganesha. That takes care of your Eastern religions. Now, the Carpenter, which is an obvious reference to Jesus Crist who was raised a carpenter's son, he represents the Western religions. Now, in the poem what do they do? They dupe all these oysters into following them and then proceed to shuck and devour the helpless creatures en masse.  I don't know what that says to you, but to me it says the that folowing these faiths based on mythological figues ensures that destruction of one's inner-being. Organized religion destroys who we are by inhibiting our actions, by inhibiting our decisions out of fear of some intangible parent figure who shakes a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says, "Do it... Do it and I'll fucking spank you!"

Nun: The way you put it, I've never really thought about it like that before. What have I been doing with my life? What am I?

Loki: Yeah, I know. Listen, my advice to you you take this money that you've been collecting for your parish go get yourself a nice dress, fix yourself up. Find some man.... find some woman... toy can connect with, even for a moment because that's really all life is, Sister... a series of moments. Why don't you seize yours?

Some manipulative, funny shit.