Brain Amputation

November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

‎127 hours: because Hollywood knew the only way to get people to watch a man saw off his arm would be to entice them with the promise that at least he’d look good doing it.

Welcome to Brainicide. We’re here to inform you about the hole of mental atrophy postmodern society is in the process of digging. If we’re not careful, we’re going to fall in.

Now back to the gore. James Franco stars in this November’s Hollywood adaption of Aron Lee Ralston’s tragic mountain climbing incident lending a pretty face to portray a gruesome reality. This isn’t quite as it should be.

I’m not saying I’m upset that they cast Franco as the lead role — I admire Franco if not for his acting expertise than for his stunning good looks. But I have a problem with the way in which the film industry manipulates our emotions with beautiful faces to hide ugly truths. I almost went and saw the movie just to watch him, planning to shut my eyes during the stomach-turning climax. Then I realized what I was doing.

The more often we focus on glamorous cover-ups instead of actuality, the more we dupe our minds. This blog is about fighting that urge and refusing to be tricked by a shimmering outer layer. We encourage you to see things for the way they really are, lest we maim our minds, our world, and our future.


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