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I Miss my Mother

Posted by DreamSharer on February 27, 2012

I miss my mother
I long for her
Her thyme and cheese braided bread
My mother’s desserts
Her coffee
Her touch
Her lap while she is touching my hair

Everyday
My childhood memories with my mother
Replay inside me as I was growing up
Mother, I think of you at dusk
I think of how I am going to reward you with love
I think of how I have hurt you in the past
And how you still love me endlessly
How can I ever make it up to you…
For the tears you shed because of me?

Mother, when I come back home
use me as a comb for your soft hair
Use me as a fire to keep you warm
Who am I without you?
I am connected to you by spirit
Without your love
I am not that strong
Without you I am too frail to walk
Too weak to stand

Will my path ever bring me back?
Will it ever take me to your waiting lap?
Or to your longing arms?

Robbed of childhood and innocence

Posted by DreamSharer on February 23, 2012

Beauty pageants started in 1921 when the owner of an Atlantic City hotel struck upon the idea to help boost tourism in his hotel. However, the Little Miss America pageant began in the 1960s at Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey. The murder of Jon Benet Ramsey in late 1996 turned the public spotlight onto child beauty pageants. Critics began to question the ethics of parents who would present their child in such a way. Notably, Dan Rather, criticized CBS for airing Ramsey’s tapes, calling them “kiddie porn.”

Child beauty contests became increasingly common and increasingly controversial recently. With entrants ranging from 3 to 18, I would say the practice is a form of child abuse and child sexualization.

We can see that through making or allowing their daughters to participate in these pageants, the parents’ ambitions for their children went overboard the child’s welfare to the point where the child’s mental well-being is compromised.

This isn’t like any other sport or activity people! There is only one winner in children’s beauty pageants and the rest of the contestants lose. Most sports allow for a broader range and share of victory and allows more contestants to feel the sense of accomplishment that can come with that. How is that good for any child’s self-esteem given the high competition because all children are beautiful inside and outside!

We love children because of their innocence and childish mentality which we rob them of as we make them participate in such activities!

This is an arena where very young children are primped like mini-adults and pitted against each other in a bid to decide who’s the prettiest and this is certainly not good for their confidence or self-esteem and believing that is like dwelling in a fool’s paradise.

What does participating in a child’s beauty pageant tell the little girls? Being a little Barbie doll says your body has to be a certain way and your hair has to be styled and dyed or even bleached a certain way. In girls, this unleashes a whole insensitive complex of destructive self-experiences that lead to eating disorders and all kinds of body distortions in terms of body image.

You are telling them that they are not created beautiful and that is the only thing that matters so they have to fake to be someone else in order to be important aka beautiful in this world. You are telling them that they have no value unless they are beautiful and that they have to pay any price just to attain beauty! Does that sound truthful to you? If it does then I am sorry to say, you have a big psychological problem and you need to be treated!

Competing in these events, very young children are taught very early in their life that their only value comes from their appearance and the way they look. This in turn leads to emotional damage, eating disorders and a distorted sense of self worth and self esteem.

When you win even few of those beauty contests at such a young age, you might start thinking you really are better than everyone else your age. This is yet one of the major consequences.

In a childhood era that’s full of opportunities for sports, activities, soccer games and spelling bees, or even creative or musical talents, why can’t we just put away the self-tanner and baby high heels? Why can’t we just let our kids be the way they are meant to be?

These kids mostly come from the same parents who bitch and constantly complain about pedophiles and perverted men watching their kids. I agree totally that these men are disgusting creatures and every parent has a right to not want them near their children. What I still don’t understand is, why these parents aggressively boycott pedophiles and other sick people all while at the same time doing this to their little girls.  Predators are fully responsible for their own actions; these mothers aren’t telling them what to do. But at the same time, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if the parent would reevaluate their actions when they start wondering why their child is being stared at by an adult.

A typical beauty pageant consists of several rounds, often including an “evening wear” section, where children parade down a catwalk swathed in taffeta and Swarovski crystals, and a talent round, in which contestants will display a particular gift, such as singing, dancing or baton-twirling. For a successful child beauty queen the rewards can be lucrative but it takes a lot of work. Ok the talent show is very encouraging and a good idea too but what we don’t realize is that so many of those pageant-obsessed mothers start making it a must that their daughters have to be talented in something demonstrated in public when it genuinely is not the case a lot of times. Making such demands change who the child really is and you don’t even give the child a chance to grow into who she is. Do these mothers even know the true identity of their daughters? It sure is not who they created out of them!

Such beauty pageants are exploitative, pressurizing children to adopt semi-sexualized adult mannerisms that they do not fully understand and enforcing the message that physical appearance is all that is important.

Entering a pageant is time-consuming and a costly process, involving high entrance fees. On top of that, parents can expect to pay several hundred of dollars for suitably eye-catching outfits – from tailor-made mini-ballgowns laced with diamanté to a flamenco-style red-and-white polka-dot dress.

In many ways, the rise in child beauty pageants is a pronounced cultural trend to treat young children as mini adults. The process is a representation of the “inappropriate sexualization” of children.  Recent surveys have shown that young people are becoming progressively more concerned with their appearance, at the same time as their body image appears to be plummeting.

In 2009, a poll of 3,000 teenage girls showed that more than a quarter would spend their money on their looks rather than their studies, while one in five had considered plastic surgery. Can you possibly imagine where the world is right now? One in 5 young and little girls considered plastic surgery and you still think these pageants are justified?

Beauty Pageants are really commercialization and sexualization of childhood. These young girls are precious and yet we don’t treat them that way at all. What they begin to do is look older, they acquire veneers, they look assertive, they look confident, but how deep does that really go if it’s built on such a fake and artificial notion? Aesthetic, external attributes have a place, but they should not be the sole means by which a child should measure themselves.

I do believe that such contests encourage pedophilia.  We do know that predators or pedophiles continually tend to justify their interest in children by saying children are sexual beings. That children are now given a channel to become little Lolitas, to be portrayed as older, to almost become mini adults and sadly these kind of activities such as the children beauty pageants are all trends that give legitimacy to that kind of thinking.

In America, the industry has been overshadowed for years by the murder of six-year-old child beauty queen Jon Benet Ramsey, who was found sexually abused and garrotted in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado, on Boxing Day 1996. The case is still unsolved.

Are you terrified by the consequences yet?

We can’t help but notice the beauty pageant stereotype of pushy parents and spoiled, doll-like children. But we also can’t help but notice that these glassy-eyed stares are still children on the inside concealed by the look that is required of them to become ‘queens’. In many cases, a contestant’s personality seems to be all pretend when she is under the spotlight.

In many of the UK’s children beauty pageants, contestants are required to dress up in flamboyant feathered and bejeweled costumes as if they are performers in the carnival. In most competitions though, children wear heavy make-up, false eyelashes and have an all-over spray-tan. Does that sound like childhood to you?

Earnest mothers of pageant winners admit their daughters end up dressing inappropriately for their age after winning the pageant. Make up starts to creep into their young everyday life.

These pageants are not for children to entertain other children. What one sees here is adult fantasies fueling this thing. It’s for adults. It’s certainly for the parents not their children. A parent can be proud of his/ her daughter without having to win a beauty pageant!

Given that we live in a world that increasingly values physical appearance, is there anything so very wrong in teaching one’s children how to make the best of themselves, how to get ahead in life rather than how to look prettier than natural beauty?

In a world that extends after Jon Benet Ramsey, the very concept of incredibly young girls strutting around a stage in swimsuits and gowns with synthetic hair extensions and fake eyelashes in the bid to be crowned the next “Miss” something is disgustingly depressing.

“As a treatment professional of sex offenders as well as victims of sexual abuse, I would like the parents of these little girls to assume responsibility for their choices. They are sexualizing their young children. Do not be surprised if your child is preyed upon as a result of this high degree of visibility,” said Dr. Nancy Irwin, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist. “Men can pose as agents/managers and track you/your girl down through the show. Further, know that they will be pleasuring themselves while looking at your daughter’s YouTube clip.”

These parents are selfish…spoiling their children, and training them that their value is based on their beauty alone.

Toddler beauty pageants set a superficial expectation about what makes someone beautiful. It clearly tells the girls that beauty is primarily about your pose, your smile, your hair, and the clothes you wear. Self-worth should not come from outer beauty. Toddlers are not old enough to make an informed decision as to whether they should compete or not. Nor are they able to separate the competition from reality, which can make participation even more damaging to their self-esteem.

None of this is natural and none of this is innocent which childhood should be all about.

I get terrified by the simple mere idea of child beauty contests, and even more so the motives behind why any parent would want their precious young one to transform into a pageant “princess”.

I question these parents’ ability to parent any child. It is one thing if your child wants to express themselves through dance or acting, but there are other ways to do it.

I will always continue to believe that allowing six-year-olds to dress up in evening gowns and parade at beauty pageants is sending the wrong message.

Such contests may give children the perception that being pretty is the only option for popularity and success in life which is certainly not the case.

Most of the times, women are judged by their physical attributes and little girls easily pick this up.

It also sets them up for some problems, including bulimia, anorexia and depression, if they cannot adjust as teens. Some babies grow up to be pretty adults and others grow up to be average looking. We all are different.

Winning validates and confirms a parent’s feelings about his or her daughter. Other parents allow their daughters to participate in contests in order to win college scholarships and other prizes.

Putting adult pressures into the lives of small children destroy what is supposed to be a wonderful time.

We are denying these children their childhood, which is something you can never get back. When you are 20, you can’t get together with friends and play in the dirt or play cars or build castles in the sand. You’d look and feel pretty silly if you do that.

Some children encounter problems with school friends or siblings after participating in contests. Jealousy or envy cause problems, especially if the child wins the title.

Other problems may develop as a result of adults who prey on young children.

Parents need to look at why they want their children to be in a contest. Is it because of the need to stroke an ego or because they really want what is best for their child?

Robbing your child of their innocence and childhood is by no means the best for a child. You take everything away from them by making them participate in these contests. You take away from them looking like children and you make them end up looking fake and thrice their age. If you love your child you would never do that to her. If you love your daughter you would never take away her right to be a normal natural child who likes to play in the mud and have a simple styled hair wearing comfortable clothes and playing with her favorite toys. We create them instead of allowing them to just be. Who would do such a cruel thing to their kids? Put their daughters in painful corsets to look like hour-glass figures and make them sleep in those painful things or walk around in painful high heel shoes that even us women dread to wear, and make a poor child go on a strict calorie diet just to make it as a beauty queen? Does that sound like fun to you? Does it sound like loving your child? I can’t believe any mother or father would allow such cruel and painful process for their little ones.

Wake up people, there is really little time that you as a person live stress-free, care-free and pain-free. That time is supposed to be when you are a child. Please don’t take that away from your kids! Please don’t rob them of their childhood and innocence! Please  just allow them to be happy children!

Emotional abuse is never regarded

Posted by DreamSharer on February 21, 2012

 

Have you personally ever known anyone who was abused by his/ her parents? Have you ever encountered anyone who was emotionally abused not physically abused? Maybe you have and maybe you haven’t. I have. I know how that is and how destructive it is. Emotionally abused kids want to feel pain physically to at least feel something…to take their mind off the pain inside them. They are so emotionally drained and numb that all they want is to feel that they are still alive. They smile and they get pleasure when they cut or burn themselves because the pain they feel physically makes them know they are still alive. Physical pain and the bleeding or bruising ends at some point. The bleeding stops, the bruises go away, the broken bones can heal and the cuts can heal too and if you die because of a physical injury, it all ends. That is what you miss when you are emotionally abused. Your scars never heal, the words never leave you, the nightmares you have stay with you all your life, and your heart breaks everyday over and over again. The pain inside you never ends and you just wish the tears you cry from the inside would stop.

The degrading, belittling, mind control, mind games, manipulation and hurt stay with you scarring you forever! People say he did good and that little brat deserved what was coming. NO ONE DESERVES TO BE ABUSED EMOTIONALLY! Especially little kids and teens they never deserve the pain that emotional abuse leaves! Child services and the police got it all wrong! All they care about is physical abuse and they should. But when did they arrest a man for abusing his wife’s emotions and manipulating her or bullying her? When did they ever arrest a father for continuously everyday calling his son worthless or abusing his emotions or calling his daughter horrific names?

I cannot support emotional abuse! People just see the outer masks that controlling people wear. Oh he did not bruise her or shoot her or beat her up! Well that is wrong!!!! He did beat her up. He did abuse her. He did shoot her. But it is all on the inside it is worse than the beating that you see on the outside because it is all concealed. If a teacher sees a bruise on a child’s arms they call Child Services and the child would get the help they deserve. But how do emotionally abused children get help? It is all on the inside no one sees it. They get crippled and they shrivel and their whole confidence and self-esteem shatter and they spend the rest of their lives getting into vicious cycles of being with manipulative controlling partners because that is what control does. It destroys their ability to choose partners and they will always feel that it is their destiny to be manipulated by others.

Society only focuses now on physically abused children and physically abused women or men but no one ever gives a crap about other types of abuse. We applaud and praise fathers’ and mothers’ efforts for abusing their daughter’s privacy and emotions! They are still abusive parents let’s not forget that! Would anyone say the same about the parents if they abused their kids physically rather than emotionally? They abuse their children’s privacy, they abuse their children’s adolescence and friendships and they do things to them that will stick with them for the rest of their lives! How can that be right?

I just feel that the world can sit down and clap and cheer for actors and people who pretend to be victims and the whole crowd throw tomatoes and eggs at the real victim. The pretender and bully gets all the credit while the abused and victimized gets all the brunt and anger of the crowd. Emotionally abusive fathers are good talkers. They use big words, make videos to earn sympathy, make public scenes, they get the applause. And the children who are silent, unheard from, manipulated, and bullied and made a mockery out of get all the negative cheering and people siding with their fathers. That is just unfair. Kids might not be so innocent after all but they do not go approaching the media or Jerry springer or Oprah to make a fool out of their fathers. Actually maybe those kids should give Dr. Phil a call and ask him to make a celebrity out of them feeding off their stories with their parents and making their parents look like villains as their parents  do to them!!!

A picture worth a thousand words! 02/19/2012

Posted by DreamSharer on February 19, 2012

Yes Indeed a picture is worth a thousand words. My heart goes out to all those homeless children out there and I hope with all my heart that we can make a difference in this world!

Troy’s movie errors

Posted by DreamSharer on February 19, 2012

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS OF THE MOVIE “TROY.” SO IF YOU HAVE NOT YET WATCHED THE MOVIE AND PLAN ON WATCHING IT THEN  DON’T READ THIS REVIEW :)

Since I have a huge passion for Greek mythology and its influence on pop culture, I was very upset when through my expertise in this topic I noticed big factual errors in the movie Troy Directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana.

My criticism starts by noting that most equipment used by the Greeks in the movie, such as the large round shields and Achilles helmet, was not from the period of the Trojan War but was actually from the Classical Period (5-4th centuries BC). At the time when the epic was set, the Greeks used small bowl-shaped helmets and light leather shields shaped like the number 8.

Furthermore, I was shocked at the burial coinage rituals used in the movie. When burning the bodies on pyres, the characters in the movie placed coins on the corpses’ eyes. As noted in Greek history and in worldwide encyclopedias, the Greeks placed a coin in the mouth under the tongue of the corpse, not on their  eyes. However, the major factual error lies in the fact that  at the time of the Trojan War, coinage was not even invented yet. Coinage of the dead, according to Greek and Roman literary sources, was invented from the 5th century BC through the 2nd century AD.  Thus, this shows that during the Trojan War, there wouldn’t have been coins at all.

Coins were found in Greek burials as soon as Greece was monetized. The jawbones of skulls found in certain burials were stained greenish from contact with a copper coin. According to Greek History, Greeks put the coins under the corpse’s tongue for safe passage across the river styx in which the dead had to pay charon the ferryman one golden drachma to enter the underworld. Legend has it that once you enter the underworld you go to the fields of ashphodel, or if you offended a god you will get a punishment like Tantalus did. Tantalus was given a really bad thirst, and was put in a river but every time he bent down to drink, the water sloshed away from him. However, the Greeks said that if you were a good person you were sent to the Elysian fields where you partied forever or were given a chance to be reborn. If you have been reborn thrice and sent to elysium three times, you were sent to the isle of the blessed.

Moving onto the next factual error in the movie is when the boy goes to find Achilles to fight the enormous warrior from Thessaly, the boy tells him that “the Thessalonian is huge”. The correct way of saying it is “Thessalian”. A “Thessalonian” is someone from Thessaloniki, a Greek city that was not founded until centuries later (4th century BC) by Cassander, who became the king of Greece after Alexander’s death. Cassander married Thessalonike, Alexander’s sister and named the city after her to honor her. Had there not been Thessalonians and Thessalians, that kind of mistake would have passed. However, because these two cities existed in history, that made it a big factual error.

Not only was I shocked at the factual  errors but given the fact that I studied film and television and I’m a director myself, I could not help noticing the continuity issues in the movie. I feel sorry for the producer and director because they are paying script supervisors and continuity supervisors who were not doing their jobs. Their jobs was to be aware of any continuity issues and they did a pretty crappy job at it. I say that because those errors were not hidden or unnoticeable but were actually evident and obvious. I will start with the scene when Patroclus was fighting Hector in Achilles’ armor. Hector quite prominently stabbed Patroclus in the chest, which would logically make a hole or a least a cut in the armor. Yet, when Achilles goes to fight Hector in the same armor his cousin died in, no such marks were visible and the armor was perfect with no holes or even scratch marks.

Another event as such occurred when Achilles was dragging the dead Hector away from the walls of Troy, the spear that went through Hector’s body disappeared from his body in every long range shot, however, that spear reappeared and remained in every close up. So that is yet another major and obvious continuity mistake.

We also see a continuity problem as Achilles dies when his sword is seen sticking out of the ground in a horizontal position, but when the camera pans upward in the next shot, the sword is clearly now lying on the grass next to him.

The last point I am going to bring up is when Achilles and Hector fight, they both break their spears so now we see the end of the spear that is sticking out. However, when Hector picks the spear up again after it was knocked off from his hand, We see a perfect non-broken spear. How could that ever escape a script supervisor or a continuity supervisor.

The director is not to blame because he is too busy with the creative process. The producer was too busy getting things done so again this is the fault of people who were only supposed to look for in-continuities and inconsistencies and failed at that. Also such issues should have been revised in post-production. I just feel bad because I loved the movie and I loved Homer’s epic “The Iliad” too and I am not the only critical viewer out there. There are way too many movie critics out there waiting to tear this movie apart, so thanks to the researchers who were supposed to research the facts of the historical period the movie was about, and thanks to the people supervising continuity; those 2 teams were a big reason the critics have it easy to mock the film and make negative reviews that would affect the ratings of the movie.

Black Swan movie analysis

Posted by DreamSharer on February 19, 2012

“Black Swan” is an intense psychological thriller and a psycho-drama taking place in the competitive world of ballet. It basically describes a ballet dancer’s metamorphosis into the “Black Swan,” her emotions and her transformation as she gets more into character. Behind the movie’s thriller and psychologically disturbing facade lies a profound and genuine story of the cost of fame, the sacrifice of artists and the hidden forces behind the shady world of high-stakes entertainment. I will be talking mainly about the movie’s occult symbolism and its themes relating to the dark side of the film and show business.

Black Swan was directed by Darren Aronofsky, and it basically follows the struggle of a shy ballet dancer Nina as she travels along her path to success in a world of demanding expectations of professional ballet. Black Swan tells of the world in which Nina evolves and the obstacles she must endure.

This Golden-Globe nominated film takes the viewers deep into the ballerina’s descent into madness in a frightening portrait of psychosis, which doctors and specialists claim that it resonates realism.

Nina Sayers is a fragile and repressed ballerina. This role is played by Natalie Portman who through Nina strives for the lead role in Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” which is a role that will require her to play both the gentle white and the seductive black swans.

In the process of perfecting the role, Nina goes through shedding her “sweet girl” persona and embracing her darker side in order to fully comprehend and take the veil off the role of the Black Swan and in order to please her demanding and sexually aggressive director.

Her metamorphosis transforms into completion, that Nina eventually develops webbed feet, bird-like legs and sprouts feathers and wings while actually becoming the black swan.

Nina, who strives constantly for perfection to please her controlling mother Erica, played by Barbara Hershey, lives with her mother who gave up ballet dancing in order to have her daughter.

Going through visual hallucinations, Nina starts seeing a black-clad version of herself across the subway platform and again in the maze of hallways. Even the pink stuffed animals in her bedroom start to come alive and mock her in her visions.

She conjures up an array of fantasies and delusions.

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes false beliefs or delusions, and seeing or hearing things that are not there.

Like a fever, psychosis is a symptom rather than a disease, and can be caused by a variety of triggers: exposure to mercury, drugs like amphetamines, epilepsy, a brain tumor, dementia or psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia.

Psychosis Usually Involves Auditory Hallucinations, however unless psychosis was due to neurological causes, patients normally have auditory, rather than visual hallucinations.

The film took showed Nina suffering from symptoms of anxiety disorders, anorexia, bulimia, cutting and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

There are numerous ways to interpret the plot of the movie, however, through use of meanings and symbols, the movie clearly alludes to many issues of the dark and occult side of fame, duality, trauma-based mind control, the forced creation of an alter persona and more. The main character, Nina, goes through a metaphysical change – by getting in touch with her “dark side” – in order to become a better performer. The movie uses subtle references to trauma-based mind control to explain the creation of an independent alter-person in Nina’s psyche.

Although Black Swan is fiction, it explores hidden realities of high-stakes art and performance. There are numerous examples of artists who have embraced darker alter egos to take their art to “another level” … and many who ultimately were consumed by them, Heath Ledger for example.

Black Swan is a modern retelling of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, Swan Lake.

Since the shy and fragile young Nina was to play the role of the Swan Queen, she must therefore embody both the pure White Swan and the evil Black Swan. Her quest for perfection as a ballet dancer led her to experience, in her everyday life, the transformation experienced by the White Swan in the ballet’s story. In other words, she was living her ballet character in real life. The events of Nina’s daily life mirrored the story of the character she represented as a ballet dancer, ultimately leading her to confusion and to insanity as the line between reality and fiction blurs.

To me, the constant use of mirrors and reflections in numerous scenes of the movie were a constant reminder of Nina’s altered perception of reality. However, I found that mirrors in the movie were misleading and Nina’s reflections had a “life of their own”. As Nina is haunted by the Black Swan, her alternate persona takes a life of its own and acts outside of Nina’s conscious control.

Trauma-based mind control – also known as Monarch Programming – is the process in which an individual is subjected to intense trauma and dehumanization in order to cause a mental dissociation. This causes a fragmentation of the slave’s personality and enables the handler to create an alternate persona that can be programmed at will. Some researchers claim there are occult elements at work in this process.

Nina’s mother, was more as a mind-controller than a mother. She has boundary issues and keeps tight control over all aspects of Nina’s life. Real-life Monarch slaves start their difficult lives as victims of ritual abuse in their own household. Symbols relating to mind control in Nina’s house reflect this tragic reality through her pink childlike bedroom.

Nina’s mother has subjected her daughter to trauma-based mind control and and psychological as well as emotional manipulation in order to make her a submissive woman who will be able to realize her mother’s dreams. Unfortunately, this trained Nina to disassociate in order to make her existence tolerable and bearable, which in turn made Nina the perfect subject for the creation of a dark alter persona: the Black Swan.

In order to obtain perfection,or to accomplish the Great Work, Nina must master both good and evil – light and darkness. The occult concept of duality becomes extremely significant.

To achieve performance perfection, Thomas’ job was to create in a New Nina, a new agressive and sexual alter-ego inside her. From thereon, he becomes Nina’s new mind-controller.

As the Black Swan grows in power, Nina starts hallucinating physical mutations on her body. The only other person that can see these mutations are Nina’s mother probably because as a former ballet dancer she went through a similar experience. She is aware of Nina’s gradual transformation and she tries to repress it, because she knows her new identity will cause the loss of her “little angel girl”.

This situation reflects the ugly truth behind real-life emotional abuse. Children, who are already dissociative due to their parent’s abuse, are more prone to live with conflicting persona. In this case, Nina was handed over to the entertainment world to create in her an alter persona destined to be a world-renowned star.

Also, we witness in the movie, Beth’s fate as a ballet dancer who reaches her “shelf life”. We witness the tragic and sad instances where Beth tries to kill herself. We see her hostility and we can feel her emotions as she feels like her life ended. Sadly, there are many real life cases of celebrities suffering the same fate. After being recruited, programmed and primed by the industry to become a superstar, they are suddenly dropped and forgotten about because they got too old for the ‘role’ or the ‘performance’. They become psychologically damaged, they experience loss of purpose, loss of motivation and not knowing who they really are, so finally the fallen stars sink into depression, drugs, alcoholism and even suicide.

The color black representation in the movie portray the darker side of Nina taking over her. For example, the black wings on the back of Lily (played by Mila Kunis) while she is “giving pleasure” to Nina, those black wings represent the “dark force” that is communing with Nina. It is sinking deeper in her and taking over her life.

As her metamorphosis advances, Nina realizes that a totally separate entity, another person is living within her. It is completely acting outside of her control. If we take the mind-control symbolism and theory and dissect it to understand the director’s message, mirror reflections represent a slave’s alter-persona that is programmed and manipulated by controllers or abusers.

Consider this, right before her big performance as the Black Swan, Nina fights against herself in her dressing room. During the fight between Nina and the Black Swan, a mirror breaks. That breaking of the mirror represents the collapse of the psychological boundary separating both entities or persona. By shattering the mirror, Nina becomes the Black Swan and this is a symbol that both entities merge into one and the more powerful of both persona takes control of Nina’s body.

At the show’s premiere, Nina gives a wonderful one of a kind performance. She successfully plays the sweet and shy pure White Swan, and, when the time came, she was overtaken by the “force” to become the twisted, yet thrilling, Black Swan. By marrying the white and the black together, the good and the evil, the light and the dark, Nina has accomplished the alchemical Great Work, the occult path to illumination (illuminating one of the two conflicting forces).

But the sad truth is, although it was a necessity for the performance to succeed, the process of living the characters consumed her. By allowing the Black Swan to completely possess her, Nina gave the performance of a lifetime, but she has become a different person. Thomas and the audiences are in love with Nina as the Black Swan just as in the ballet the prince falls in love with the White Swan’s evil twin. But the black Nina is not the “real” Nina. The Black Swan was a destructive force that Nina could not live with. It was tormenting her on a physical and psychological level. She was not able to go on because of the alter persona. Thus, the only way Nina could free herself, was by killing herself.

Nina finally attained perfection. Her last words were: “I was perfect”.

Black Swan is a profound movie, which can be interpreted on many levels. I personally looked at it from the shady world of show business and media point of view.

I think that through Nina’s metamorphosis and transition from a shy nobody to a possessed and shining superstar, the viewers experience the dark and evil side of entertainment. Mind control, manipulation and immorality collide with success and recognition. Dark impulses, addictions and self-destruction arise with artistic genius and creative brilliance. Those who are “running the show” don’t give a damn about the emotions of the performer they are just experts on how to bring the Black Swan out of upcoming excellent artists … and they know very well it will destroy them in the long run but they don’t care one bit. And they are OK with the destruction of the performer as long as they get their perfect performance.

Troy Movie analysis

Posted by DreamSharer on February 19, 2012

In providing beautiful acting and actors, breathtaking scenery, heroic actions and breathtaking costumes, the movie Troy was a Hollywood movie that was certainly a box office hit. I am not sure if you know this but Troy was based on the Iliad an epic by Homer. Aside from the excitement during the movie, unfortunately it proved to be a loose adaptation of Homer’s classic and I could not help but notice the major differences between the book and the movie.

One of the most major differences between the book and the movie was the absence of the Gods in the movie. In Homer’s Iliad, the Gods played a very major part in the Trojan War. Although we, as viewers were aware that the characters believed in the Gods, the only God we actually saw in the movie was Thetis, Achilles’ mother. I understand that the omission of the Gods from the movie might have been due to the reason that the director and writer wanted to give the audience the feeling that the characters are believable, however, in my opinion by omitting the Gods in the movie, the viewer was not able to get the full Greek experience nor the full history of the legendary characters.

Personally, I didn’t think the movie gave enough credit nor background information on Prince Paris and Helen of Sparta. The movie does not let the viewer know that Helen was a reward to Paris for choosing to give a golden apple to the Goddess Aphrodite instead of the Goddess’ Hera or Athena.

Another difference between the Iliad and Troy is that it does not show the history of the contempt that Achilles hold against King Agamemnon. In the Iliad, there was more to Achilles reluctance to fight for the greedy and selfish King. In the book, Agamemnon has stolen Briseis from Achilles and because of this, Achilles shows nothing but contempt for the King. The movie shows the hatred that Achilles carries before the introduction of Briseis.

The character of Prince Paris was made more likeable in the movie. The scene where he fights Melelaus for Helen shows in both the Iliad and in Troy that Paris does not fight to the death. In the Iliad, Homer tells us that Aphrodite rescues Paris in his fight with Melelaus but that is also different in the movie. The Iliad portrays Helen disgusted with Paris after the fight, wishing he had died in the fight, however again that is totally different in the movie. The other difference between the movie and the book is that in the Iliad, Melelaus returns home with Helen.

Hector, in the movie, was portrayed as an honorable and brave man, however, Homer portrays Hector as a cowardly fighter. In the Iliad, Hector goes outside the gates of the city to fight Achilles, but then Hector gets scared and runs away. Also in the book , Hector was convinced by a God who pretended to be his brother to confront Achilles and Achilles killed Hector. After Hector was killed in the book, Achilles tied him to his chariot and dragged his body around Troy for everyone to see then Achilles left Hector’s body for the dogs. In the movie, Achilles was portrayed as a brave and immortal man, He was not portrayed as the barbarian he is in the Iliad.

I have to say that I loved how Achilles and Hector were portrayed in the movie more than the book. In the movie Hector and Achilles were my favorite characters.

In Homer’s Iliad, the story ends with Hector’s burial but in the movie Troy, that was not the case.

Although we see some similarities between the Iliad and Troy, I think the movie made the characters seem less barbaric and some of the sets, especially the city of Troy, seemed different from what Homer described. The movie was enjoyable, but was certainly not a factual representation of Homers classic The Iliad.

Those unfamiliar with the specifics of Homer’s epic The Iliad are a bit luckier than the other people who have read that classic because they will find fewer plot gaps in David Benioff’s condensed Troy movie script. It was definitely a huge and difficult task, trying to compress Homer’s poem into one film. As a result, what Benioff ended up with was a movie that was both too short and too long. There’s just not enough time in a 2 or 3 hour movie to include the Greek and Roman gods featured so prominently in The Iliad.

The problem to empathize or understand fully the conflict is that during Homer’s time, love and the whimsy of the gods would be understood as a just and fair cause for a whole nation to go to war, whereas now this would be laughed at and sneered at by modern society and the modern audience, thus that was enough basis for the writer and the director to remove all interference from divine powers, which was so vital and extremely fundamental in all Greek tales.

With all the above said, the film was done very well given how hard it would be to turn Homer’s classic into a movie.

Facebook “defriending” led to double murder

Posted by DreamSharer on February 12, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn – A Tennessee couple who “defriended” a woman on Facebook were murdered in their home by the jilted woman’s father and a second cousin of one of the victims,, on Thursday.

“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said, adding he had never seen anything like it in his 27 years in law enforcement in the area. “We’ve had murders, but nothing like this. This is just senseless.”

Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth were killed last month after they deleted Jenelle Potter, the daughter of one of the suspects, from their “friends” list. Both were shot in the head and the man had his throat cut.

The couple’s 8-month-old baby was in the mother’s arms, unharmed, when the bodies were found.

Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter Jr., 60, and Jamie Lynn Curd, 38, were each charged on Wednesday in Mountain City in northeastern Tennessee with two counts of first-degree murder. The men were arrested on Tuesday.

The case was not the first involving violence linked to Facebook. Last year in Iowa, a woman was arrested on accusations of setting fire to a friend’s garage after she was defriended on Facebook as well.

In Texas, a man was accused of hitting his wife after she failed to “like” a Facebook post he wrote about the anniversary of his mother’s death.

In the last Tennessee case, a couple of harassment cases had been filed against Jenelle Potter in court over “someone blocking her or taking her off their friends list.”

“Once you’ve crossed her, you’ve crossed her father too,” Reece said, adding that Jenelle Potter, in her late 20s or early 30s, stays home with her parents and was constantly on Facebook.

Her father, “Buddy” Potter, will return to court next week for a bond hearing after he hires an attorney. Curd, was appointed an attorney and bond was set at $750,000 for each murder count. His preliminary hearing will be in March.

No charges have been filed against Jenelle Potter, the sheriff said.

So basically, a crazy woman kills a couple over a senseless social network for defriending her and orphans their 8-month-old baby who had witnessed the slicing of his/ her father’s throat and the shooting in his/her mother’s head and will never have parents for the rest of the baby’s life, how fair is that?

I don’t care if she wasn’t the one who killed the couple, personally she deserves the worst punishment for what she did to that baby’s life. She had the privilege of living with her parents until she is in her early 30′s and all she does is spend her time on facebook, well that child will never have that kind of privilege and who knows what will happen to that 8-month-old baby? Is he going to end up in a foster home? Is he going to have to work since childhood for food and shelter? The worst thing about this case is this innocent baby who now has to open his eyes the next morning and never be in his mother’s arms ever again!!!! I am extremely sick to just think of what this world has come to. I wish I could just adopt that baby and give him the kind of life I could offer rather than see this innocent child suffer because of one horrifying insane women and her monstrous insane father!

Invictus – Poem full analysis

Posted by DreamSharer on February 11, 2012

Invictus, meaning “unconquerable” or “undefeated” in Latin, is a poem by William Ernest Henley. This poem is an affirmation of one’s control, will, and ability to choose and make decisions. For the short time we have on this Earth, we are able to choose our response to circumstances and stimuli. This poem has always inspired me.

This poem is about courage in the face of death, and holding on to one’s own dignity despite the indignities life places before us.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the first stanza of the poem, Henley prays in the darkness of the night  to “whatever gods may be” a prayer of thanks for his “unconquerable soul.” First, the speaker is in a type of metaphorical darkness, perhaps the darkness of despair. Second, he does not pray for strength, but instead he gives thanks for the strength that he already has. Third, he seems somewhat flippant about who he is or is not praying to; it is almost like this is a prayer to himself at this point, but not quite to that extent.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

The seeming agnosticism of the first stanza continues on to the second one. He does not talk about God’s will or even fate; instead he speaks of “the fell clutch of circumstance” and “the bludeonings of chance,” and he asserts and guarantees that he has overcome these bravely and without complaint.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

The third stanza is about death and what a trifle it seems to the Henley. This “place of wrath and tears”, this life, it seems, is not full enough of pain and horror to frighten him. And death, “the Horror of the shade,” could not possibly worry him, being an end to “wrath and tears”. Notice here that he is not concerned in any way about an afterlife. Death is merely an end to suffering for the poet. Nothing of any concern seems to lie beyond for him until….

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The one line in this poem that seems to give most people the most trouble is the reference to a “strait gate”. “It matters not how strait the gate” is either a reference to John Bunyan’s tract The Strait Gate, or Great Difficulty of Going to Heaven (1676), or the scripture Bunyan got his title from Matthew 7:13, 14.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:
because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” ~ John Bunyan

I believe that the theme of this short poem “Invictus” is the will to survive in the face of the severe tests of life. The poem talks about the feelings of Henley but applies to each one of us as individuals. This is what we are too and what we should understand. The poet William Ernest Henley expresses his acceptance of whatever judgment or doom death may bring. He accepts no master but himself. He bows to no authority. He is his own god, guide and judge. He is the Captain of his own ship and the master of his own life.

This poem is about courage in the face of death, and holding on to one’s own dignity despite the indignities that life places before us.

Henley was a lifelong atheist, and, with his missing leg and braggadocio, he was also the inspiration for the character of Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stephenson’s Treasure Island, He was a Captain indeed.

Your Ghost says goodbye

Posted by DreamSharer on February 8, 2012

I open my eyes on his gentle hand touching me
Touching my face with his soft finger`s husk
He takes my hand and leads me out of bed gently
He takes me outside to watch the dusk
He sits next to me and wraps me with his arms
To keep me warm from the morning cold breeze
The sky forms a painting so beautiful, so warm
Right there, I wanted to spend with him eternity

The Moon Shys away
The sun dances between the clouds
It smiles to me while it makes its way
The birds sit next to me singing aloud
I take it all in with him caressing my face
My head on his chest
My arms around his neck in a sweet embrace
His hands keep me safe while my head just rests

How could I ever forget?
A moment created in heaven
We couldn’t have ever been mislead
I thought my presence in his life was going to leaven
Could it just have been my Imagination?
Could it have been my Fantasy?
An image of us living in utter happiness, love and devotion
No more hurt, no pain to kill our souls, just our love to set us free
Or sorrow to torture our soul
I thought our time has finally come
To be forever happy, to finally feel whole

I should have never believed in love
For love is pain, and love is hurtful
I wish I can send him my love with a dove
“You have to go on” he Whispered so tearful
While the birds flew away
He said “I have to go, I can’t stay”
He kissed me goodbye
Those feelings I can’t hide
“I don’t understand“ I did say
I whispered, “You are here with me now, why can’t you stay?“

Lies, dreams and illusions I prayed
To protect me from all the sadness and the cries
That his answer will cause, please my heart is frayed
“I am not really here, I just came to say goodbye“
No, no, it can’t be true
Please lie to me, tell me this isn’t real
You couldn’t have left me, this can’t be you
You couldn’t have chosen to be gone
If you love me, please tell me this can be undone
Who will ever wipe my tears
Or shed away my fears

“You can’t leave me baby, You can’t break my heart“
“It has already been done, you need to be strong now that we’re apart“
Your ghost disappeared away
It left me all alone today
I walked back home in tears
My heart broken to pieces, wishing you were near
It is too much to bear, to painful to feel
Why would you do this to me?
What have I ever done to you?
I wish I can hide away from the truth,
From You and from me too

My Heart Aches Like It Never ached Before
I can feel it beating fast,
Hard against my diaphragm, I’m so aghast
I Wish It would just Beat No More
He caused me pain
He killed my soul

I walked in the dark, the stars have disappeared
I fought my way all alone, my heart never stopped bleeding
He doesn’t know what I am going through, how my life has veered
It is not that simple you see, now I am breaking
it is so hurtful to me
He broke my heart, he killed my soul
I am falling to pieces now, can you see?
All the way from heaven, could you see all these holes?
Do you feel good for how you killed me?
I knew my happy ending was too good to be true
It was easy for you to say I should go on, well now I’m blue
Do you know I am fighting hard to survive? Do you feel me through?

My Tears stream down burning my cheeks
Diamonds fall down my eyes breaking as they reach the ground
You might be in heaven now smiling as I speak
Hopefully you’re living in harmony, with a halo of light you’re crowned
But I am still here lonely, suffering enormous pain
And no one is here to ease
The pain when you decided to go, you left me in the rain
Now you can live in alchemy
But I will never find love or peace ever again