Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Today, God fought for us"-- War in Art

I've always found this particular scene very moving, with the Non Nobis Domine being sung as the camera pans across bodies, blood, robbers, and Henry carrying a dead boy (Christian Bale, for those of you who are interested.)

Henry says in this clip, "God fought for us."  I think in a world hemmed in by small horizons, this was survival mode.  God had to fight for "us" as everything in the world seemed against us, from foe, flood, famine, fire and the frickin' plague to unexplainable phenomena that went bump in the night.  Our world is larger now.  The only "us" on this small planet is....us.  All of us.  Our horizon can encompass the entire globe and we can see God in every face on the planet.

"O peoples of the world! The Sun of Truth hath risen to illumine the whole earth, and to spiritualize the community of man. Laudable are the results and the fruits thereof, abundant the holy evidences deriving from this grace. This is mercy unalloyed and purest bounty; it is light for the world and all its peoples; it is harmony and fellowship, and love and solidarity; indeed it is compassion and unity, and the end of foreignness; it is the being at one, in complete dignity and freedom, with all on earth."  'Abdu'l-Baha

1 comment:

  1. God fights for us (all of us) -- what a powerful concept.
    Thanks for sharing the clip and the thought. -- bbq