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Monday, June 29, 2009

The Moor

I'm gradually falling in love with Shakespeare. It's quite strange, because I've always liked his plays - but now I'm coming to see the truth: Shakespeare's plays demand more than a passive liking.

Take Othello for example. I've just finished reading it, had to because my fourth correspondence school text book for English said I must. I've watched all 3 1/2 hours of it because the correspondence school insisted on it. And the result is that I am becoming engrossed in the Shakespearean world of wordy poetry and encoded texts, with Shakespeare's seamless, fast and tragic story lines. Through my demanding textbook and the perfect tragedy of Othello, I'm being swept into the realm of the Shakespeare fandom, whether I will or no.
For the movie, I watched an old BBC educational programme in tape form (yes, those thick black things that could be mistaken for bricks) with Anthony Hopkins, that marvellous man who was the king in The World's Fastest Indian. But he was just as good as Othello in this antiquated movie, with his hesitancy, self - interrogation and soliloquies. As Othello he perfected his blank, spaced - out look whenever he was brooding over something - in this case, his wife's supposed unfaithfulness.

The real tragedy of the film and the book, is not that Desdemona, Emelia and Othello die at the end. What is painfully heart - wrenching is that Othello believes in Desdemona's unfaithfulness, and that he kills what he continues to love.
Iago is the most cunning, clever and crafty villain that it is possible for one story to contain. He is so diabollically evil while appearing to be good - one of my favourite types of villains, I admit. (Javert, from Les Mis is my favourite in this group of villains: he is fantastically evil in his very goodness. He is the villain while being a strictly moral character - he is the villain because he has no heart.)

Iago, however, does have some kind of a heart. For some reason he feels jealous of Othello and is tortured by his jealousy. When I say he 'has a heart' I really mean that his strongly felt emotions are the force behind his evil deeds. His heart certainly doesn't lead him to do good things. One way of explaining the difference between these men is that Iago rules his feelings and Javert does not allow his feelings to rule him. To put it less complicatedly, Iago uses but controls his emotions to do evil, while Javert's actions are the result of his sense of moral right. The fascinating thing about Javert is that he uses his sense of the moral 'good' to do evil. Victor Hugo's writing is so deliciously complex, as is Shakespeare's.
One of the terribly true things about the story is that all the suspicion is based on such a little thing as a 'lost' handkerchief. Life seems to be like that sometimes - so many big implications from such little actions.

I love Shakespeare.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Exciting Stats

The abortion statistics for 2008 that were released on June 16 are exciting news for us pro-lifers. In 2007, 18,380 abortions were committed, 98.7 of which were done for 'mental - health' excuses. Abortions in 2008 were down 440, at 17,940 for the year, or 19.7 abortions per thousand women. That's a fundamental drop from the peak rate of 20.8 abortions per thousand women in 2003.

Increasingly, the pro-life movement is waking up and becoming more active in spreading the life message. Planned Parenthood New Zealand has claimed the victory by saying that this success is largely due to extensive safe sex and pregnancy education in schools. In fact, this kind of 'health' education does not produce these statistics. Pro-life organisations throughout New Zealand which are becoming more active by spreading a life message, are the most probable cause of this abortion drop.

It's not enough though. 17,940 abortions too many happened last year. This year, due to more action among young people, we are hoping to see another drop in the abortion rate.
There's a great site for pro-life teens who want to get more active and discuss abortion and the pro-life cause with other teens:

See you there :)

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