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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Too much of a good thing:


    In landscaping and decorating, the eye is most pleased when the bulk of the scene is anchored by something. In gardening, evergreen plants and large trees are typically used as the “meat” and background with shorter-lived flowers here and there for accent, pattern, and color. In decorating this is typically the largest piece of furniture, accented by smaller furniture pieces, lamps, textiles, and knick-knacks. A similar rule applies to cooking, music, writing, and everything else aesthetically and intellectually pleasing.


    In written or film mode, it is called a plot. Drama is essential to a plot, but it should not consist of the plot. The plot is anchored (like the examples above) by the main idea/message the author/director is trying to convey. Funny thing is, many people latch onto the drama and the emotions they relate to, call it good, and to justify “why?” they point out the accents and not the anchor.


    Many people tell me, “The Hunger Games” was a “good” book, when what they really mean is they enjoyed the emotional highs and lows from the drama. When asked why it was “good”, they point out that Katniss practices self-sacrifice to save her sister. I will guess this concept shows up only once at the very beginning, making it an accent to the story, not the plot or its anchor.    


    We need to be very careful not to, “…call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20). “Pleasure” does not equal “good” (nor does it necessarily equal "bad"). Some people derive pleasure from causing others pain (not good).


    Bottom line: If you eat cookies all the time, you are going to end up sick.


    *Side note: One alleged point of the "Hunger Games" is to condemn violence and increasing horror of reality shows. However, the author is able to get her audience to cheer the alleged heroine Katniss (and consequently the love story between her and Peeta), just as strongly and loudly as the "pretend" audience in the book.

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