I’m feeling a little bit heavy after contemplating the world’s problems, needing to lighten up. So it is absolutely perfect that I am going to see The Hobbit today, I have been a Lord of the Rings fan for the longest time. I first read The Hobbit when I was 10 years old and I followed it up with the three Lord of the Rings books, read all four books over and over again for the next fifteen years or so.
Reading fantasy and science fiction is the perfect preparation for the spiritual path, it broadens the mind and encourages you to imagine amazing possibilities, that can be difficult to see in the everyday world. Remember the Wizard of Oz movie, in Kansas everything is in black and white, but when Dorothy gets to Oz it is in vivid Technicolor.
It isn’t hard to see who is playing the forces of darkness in our current world, the vested interests who are grimly hanging on, in a world which is beginning to open into alternatives that will transform our culture forever when implemented. I imagine a world where people work at jobs they love, don’t have to pay for energy or food or any of their basic needs. Just like Star Trek, a wonderful example of where humans could evolve to in the future.
In fact why don’t you listen to Captain Picard and what he has to say about how far humanity has come in 300 years, lets hope he’s right!