May 23, 2011

Prayer "About" Everyone And Everything

Official The Tree of Life trailer posted on YouTube 
by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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In his blog for the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert recently commented on The Tree of Life, a new film written and directed by Terrence Malick:

"Many films diminish us. They cheapen us, masturbate our senses, hammer us with shabby thrills, diminish the value of life. Some few films evoke the wonderment of life's experience, and those I consider a form of prayer. Not prayer "to" anyone or anything, but prayer "about" everyone and everything. I believe prayer that makes requests is pointless. What will be, will be. But I value the kind of prayer when you stand at the edge of the sea, or beneath a tree, or smell a flower, or love someone, or do a good thing. Those prayers validate existence and snatch it away from meaningless routine."

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