Current Series:

Shuffled Off (Thinking about Death)

For previous series, see the list of all series, including:

How to be yourself, with help from Disney/Pixar (Thinking about Identity and the Inner Voice)
I just want what I want! (Thinking about Desires)

For posts that are not part of a series, see the list of one-offs. The most recent are:

The Undiscover’d Country

Plato views death as a good thing, because his soul will continue to live and he will finally have what he wants most. A Christian may be attracted to Plato’s belief in an afterlife and insistence that we must be virtuous in preparation for it. But is Plato’s view of death one a Christian should embrace?

“You Are Still Only a Rat!”

Ratatouille does not like arbitrary prohibitions, such as sexist rules preventing women from occupations they are suited for. It makes this point, however, by means of discussing identity and the inner voice, and in doing so it makes essence look arbitrary. It is worth asking whether this way of making the point is fair.

“You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For!”

In Frozen 2 Elsa hears a voice calling her to follow it. Should we understand this call as something that expands her identity by connecting her with something transcendent, or as something that points her inward and brings out what she already was? By combining both ideas, the movie’s answer is ambiguous.

“I’m Free!”

Elsa’s story in Frozen involves both the expression of what is inside her as well as the harm she brings on others. How do these two threads fit together? The song “Let It Go” encapsulates the ambiguous advice offered by Frozen regarding the question of whether we should listen to our inner voice or to something external.