29 Dec

Wonderful life antidote for our fears

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonGeorge is in primordial existential despair as he stands in the cold and looks down, ready to jump into the water and an eternal frozen night. He feels utterly alone – despite the family who loves him, the town that he helped build and the joyful sounds of the holiday songs and carols. He is alone and feels friendless and useless. All but quoting Psalm 22 and the crucifixion, his dying soul is crying, “Father My Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?” The joy of the season makes it harder. The songs of faith make an ironic counterpoint to his ebbing faith. He is inconsolable. All that he had, all that he had sacrificed his early dreams for, lies frozen in the slush. Despite his good works and his earnest application of good values, his reputation, he believes, is in ruins. He sees no possibility of recovery. His is a fall from grace – a fall he is willing to complete by plunging into the river. This is fear, real fear, profound fear: Falling and abandonment. We are inclined, like George Bailey on the bridge, to see our lives in black and white, as success or failure, as good or bad. It is not so simple. Life is not so simple, and we are complex beings. George chased a dream. He wanted success and adventure. He wanted to be an explorer, someone famous. He wanted to be an architect and build skyscrapers a mile high and bridges (ironic, huh?) miles long. He equated success with fame and fortune – and when that didn’t happen for him, he was blinded to what success, real success, is and how he had, in fact, achieved it. The gift that he got on that bridge was not a literal angel. (I’m no “It’s a Wonderful Life” fundamentalist.) He got to attend his own funeral and hear the eulogies – only done in the dramatic form of how the world would have been without him. George was thus able to see that his success was in his family, in the good will of his neighbors and the love and respect of his friends. He came to understand that while he was looking up and not seeing the skyscrapers he hadn’t built, he also did not see the houses he had built, the hearths he had stoked, the lives he had touched and the good he had done. George was not a perfect man. He had his demons and disappointments. He had a temper, and under stress he could lash out in anger or sink to despair. He was, in a word, human. He did not have a perfect life. He did have a wonderful life; one that reminds us that some fear is inevitable. The great antidote for fear is not more fear or even different fear. The antidote for the primal fears of falling and abandonment is a life well lived, with generosity of spirit and love – a life holding and being held in the loving arms of others. Jonathan Dobrer, a professor of comparative religion at the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! George Bailey stands poised on the bridge, contemplating ending his life. George has been on that cold, dark bridge just about every Christmas season since 1946, when “It’s a Wonderful Life” came out (to not much acclaim). I have been drawn to George and that bridge since I was a young boy watching the film on our then-new, 9-inch Philco. Eventually the world caught up with my high opinion of the compelling nature of the film. It has become a classic and greatly beloved. It is also regularly trashed as being schmaltzy and what is called “Capra Corn.” I don’t agree. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is an often-dark treatise on American capitalism, social inequality and how money, greed and lust for fame distort our values. My purpose, however, is not to review the movie. I want to talk about fear – real fear, primordial fear, existential fear; the kind of fear George Bailey experienced that drove him to the ledge. We are all born with certain fears in our genetic code. Yes, surely some fears are taught and others learned. Some are neurotic. But some are also built-in. Drop a feeder fish in a tank with predators. The feeders, who have never seen a predator, know they are literally dead meat. No teaching. No learning. Just built-in fear. last_img read more

20 Nov

What England’s Test debut centurions went on to achieve

first_imgWhat England’s Test debut centurions went on to achieveWG GRACE (152 on debut vs Australia on 6 Sep 1880) Matches: 22Innings: 36Runs: 1098100s: 250s: 5Average: 32.29KS RANJITSINHJI (154* on debut vs Australia on 16 Jul 1896) Matches: 15Innings: 26Runs: 989100s: 250s: 6Average: 44.95PELHAM WARNER (132* on debut vs South Africa on 14 Feb 1899) Matches: 15Innings: 28Runs: 622100s: 150s: 3Average: 23.92RIP FOSTER (287 on debut vs Australia on 11 Dec 1903) Matches: 8Innings: 14Runs: 602100s: 150s: 1Average: 46.30GEORGE GUNN (119 on debut vs Australia on 13 Dec 1907) Matches: 15Innings: 29Runs: 1120100s: 250s: 7Average: 40.00NAWAB OF PATAUDI (102 on debut vs Australia on 2 Dec 1932) Matches: 6Innings: 10Runs: 199100s: 150s: 0Average: 19.90 BRYAN VALENTINE (136 on debut vs India on 15 Dec 1933) Matches: 7Innings: 9Runs: 454100s: 250s: 1Average: 64.85PAUL GIBB (106 on debut vs South Africa on 24 Dec 1938) Matches: 8Innings: 13Runs: 581100s: 250s: 3Average: 44.69BILLY GRIFFITH (140 on debut vs West Indies on 11 Feb 1948) Matches: 3Innings: 5Runs: 157100s: 150s: 0Average: 31.40PETER MAY (138 on debut vs South Africa on 26 Jul 1951) Matches: 66Innings: 106Runs: 4537100s: 1350s: 22Average: 46.77ARTHUR MILTON (104* on debut vs New Zealand on 3 Jul 1958) Matches: 6Innings: 9Runs: 204100s: 150s: 0Average: 25.50JOHN HAMPSHIRE (107 on debut vs West Indies on 26 Jun 1969) Matches: 8Innings: 16Runs: 403100s: 150s: 2Average: 26.86FRANK HAYES (106* on debut vs West Indies on 26 Jul 1973) Matches: 9Innings: 17Runs: 244100s: 150s: 0Average: 15.25GRAHAM THORPE (114* on debut vs Australia on 1 Jul 1993) Matches: 100Innings: 179Runs: 6744100s: 1650s: 39Average: 44.66ANDREW STRAUSS (112 on debut vs New Zealand on 20 May 2004) Matches: 100Innings: 178Runs: 7037100s: 2150s: 27Average: 40.91ALASTAIR COOK (104* on debut vs India on 1 Mar 2006) Matches: 138Innings: 249Runs: 10934100s: 3050s: 27Average: 53 MATT PRIOR (126* on debut vs West Indies on 17 May 2007) advertisementMatches: 79Innings: 123Runs: 4099100s: 750s: 28Average: 40.18JONATHAN TROTT (119 on debut vs Australia on 20 Aug 2009) Matches: 52Innings: 93Runs: 3835100s: 950s: 19Average: 44.08last_img read more

15 Oct

Kanye West a cowriter on Drakes Kid Cudi diss track

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Kanye West is listed as a co-writer on Drake’s controversial track which disses Kid Cudi.According to credits on streaming service Tidal, Kanye is listed as a writer and co-producer of the Canadian star’s song Two Birds, One Stone, in which he describes Cudi’s depression a “phase.”“My numbers are out of the world, no wonder they got me feeling so alienated/You were the man on the moon, now you go through your phases/Live for the angry and famous,” raps Drake in the track. But in a new curve ball, it has been revealed that Kanye is listed alongside Drake and frequent collaborator Noah “40” Shebib as a co-composer and co-lyricist on the tune.His involvement is especially interesting given his most recent support for his former GOOD Music label colleague and protege. Last month, Kanye called Cudi “the most influential artist of the last 10 years.” More recently, he asked his fans to sing Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1 in the singer’s honour during a recent stop on his Saint Pablo tour. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more