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SUDDENLY, FROM THE SKY, Part 1.

“The Passion”

I used to cringe whenever I’d hear anyone use the word, “passion,” for the same reason there’s a cringe of discomfort when someone says, “this isn’t really make-up,” or, “how much did that cost?” or worse yet, discusses intimate details about another person while also explaining that they want to “pick (my) brain for feedback” over a hamburger.

You know, not at all passionate. Not at all.

I avoid joining crowds for the same reason. Not at all passionate. Just more or less assumptive conclusions about truth, that herding. In my experience, many crowds, crowd movements, are people following along because of an evocative appeal, an illusion of a leader, attracted by and captivating because of words and expressions that the rest in the herd comprehend readily, but, not really. Because, when examined, when pressed for specifics, the buzzwords give way to emotional eruption and intolerance about the individual posing a lone question — a unique perspective to any herd — along with routine dismissal about anything traditional (questioning is traditional) because it’s not part of where the herd is headed. So, herding, crowd movements, not at all passionate.

Not at all passionate because passion is uniquely and distinctly succinct, not pedestrian. It’s brave. It’s undeniable. It’s often not at all lusty or fleshy or even related to burgers, brains or price tags or even the dreaded comb-over, not at all. It’s something suspended above the rest, an isolated beam of something so dear and real and apart from any herd, as to not need the make-up or any picking from or by anyone else, something so apart as to be a bright light from the sky, with source left to wonderment.

So, about Mel Gibson and his film, “The Passion.” Yes, it is bloody. Violent. But, so is the truth. Mel Gibson is a brave, masterful and earnest artist and I can’t speak well enough about what he has accomplished in this film, by his faith, through his inspiration: Passion.

For those who are bound to criticise the film’s story line and characters, “The Passion” is adapted from New Testament scripture. So, if the criticism is about the events involved, that criticism is about The Bible, not this film adapted quite sincerely from it.


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