I am introducing a guest blogger this month. Clifford Cephas is a friend and wonderful thinker who loves to analyze and mine words and subjects for the gold they have buried deep inside. I will be including his writing from time to time. This month, he is allowing me to begin sharing his thoughts about one of my favorite shows ever… The Lion King. Even in this short intro, you can see the attention to detail he brings to his thinking.
LION KING BLOG: INTRODUCTION
by, Clifford H. Cephas
Have you ever been truly inspired by a book, movie, poem, song? I have found that usually what touches us the deepest are things that are infused with truth deeper than what is communicated on the surface. The Lion King has inspired multiple generations using several forms of media. My grandchildren still watch it on VHS when they come to my house. The truths underlying this movie, play and story are powerful principles. It has been a pleasant task of mine to remind myself and my acquaintances of these truths which make this story so popular.
The blogs that I will write will be excerpts and adaptations from a book that is being written called Lessons from the Lion King. It has been my determination to not be amused as I am being entertained. When the word “entertain” is broken down, the prefix “enter” means to come in or go in, and the “tain” means to hold; so our entertainment is something that comes into us and holds us. When we are not entertained the item is not holding us, and sometimes not even entering us. At the same time the breakdown of “amuse”, the prefix “a” means not or no, while “muse” means to think or be in deep study; so when we are amused we are not thinking or not in deep thinking. Usually amusement is solely for fun and not for learning purposes. I believe that we should always have our thinking caps on, being ready so that whatever touches our hearts can educate and expand our minds.
I was inspired to start doing this kind of mental and spiritual exercise in a Sunday School class wherein the curriculum involved a movie and the lesson called for the students to analyze the behaviors of the main character from one scene to the next in the movie. That particular movie did very little for me, but the principles of the Lion King have informed and changed my perspectives about several things, each of which are delineated in a scene from the movie.
I do not believe that the writer of the Lion King intended for Bible lessons to be taught from the story. These are truths that were reactivated in me as I repeatedly viewed the movie, dissecting the words of the characters and looking for meanings. I hope the blogs that follow will entertain and cause you to think, even meditate, on some of the deeper meanings that this story can convey.
If you do not have a copy of the movie, I highly recommend that you get one, or go onto the internet to view the scene that is being discussed. You may not always agree with me. That is perfectly fine. I am not the ALPHA and OMEGA. I am just a jot who has a tittle to communicate. (Matt 5:18)