I consider a book or a movie really good, if it gives me pause.
What I really mean: it gives me a question that I can ponder, maybe even decades. Or until the insight comes.
Obviously, if you have been reading my stuff long enough, you know that I believe that to find the path, you need to evaluate and analyze the mis-steps, the mistakes. To know good, you need to know evil.
One of this puzzle pieces fell into place today.
The movie is about Genghis Khan, the starting point of the the 300 year old invasion, plundering, and decimating of Russia, China, and Europe.
Questions about dark side and dark energies are coming up a lot nowadays.
My approach to dark side
... is Kabbalistic because Kabbalah's approach to this issue is more useful for someone who wants to understand the issue or Dark Side.
You see, "where attention goes energy flows." And that attention actually creates or strengthens that which it energizes, even if it wasn't there before. Especially when you say you don't want it. Resistance to something is like pouring oil on the fire... makes it bigger. Like "I have no time", like : I am confused," like "nobody likes me." creates exactly what it complains about. Or "I am NOT stupid" or "I don't want to feel this" or telling fear to go away, and the thousand and one way you can resist something. Even ignoring something is resistance to it.
In a recent Landmark Education seminar I learned that the poison that human beings swallowed wholly and greedily is "there is something wrong here," the foundation of human misery, the dark side: Right and Wrong... behaving as if there were a right way and this isn't it.
It seems that you never stop for a second to ask the questions that could create choice:
Possible question to create choice #1: You ask: Hm, Something wrong here? Says who? Then answer: _I_ say so (the same person who asked the question). Next: ask: who assigned me to be the judge? Do I know how it is supposed to be? Do I see the whole picture? -- And if you are anyone other than God, the answer is that you can't see the whole picture, and therefore you don't know if it is really wrong what's happening... so you can see that you can't tell wrong from right... Not knowing is a much higher state than being sure.