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Final Assignment: Observations on the Movie AGORA
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09/05/2011 8:47 AM
    FINAL ASSIGNMENT:

    * Write an essay of one to two pages on your observations after viewing AGORA, relative to living in the transitional period betwen ages.

    * What concepts of wisdom did you glean from the historical perspective of changing cultural/religious beliefs and attitudes depicted in the film?

    * How can your spiritual work assist in this process of moving into the age of Aquarius?

    Submit by email to registrar and POST MAJOR CONCLUSIONS ON THE FORUM to receive credit for fulfilling class requirements.




    Agora is a 2009 film by Spanish-Chilean director Alejandro Amenabar about Clare de Lis' embodiment as Hypatia of Alexandria, a noted Greek scholar and mathematician.
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    09/05/2011 2:02 PM
    The movie "felt" very authentic and brought a lot of mixed emotions as we watched the particular groups (Roman gods vs the new Christianity vs Judaism) struggle and condemn one another. Hypatia did appear to be very engrossed (and somewhat unbalanced in my opinion) in her astronomy pursuits, never seeming to arrive at conclusions that satisfied her - to the point where she was almost unaware of the upheavel occurring everywhere around her. Yet she was compassionate and caring of her students and slaves (who seemed to be her only friends). There were no other women in this movie. I was startled to observe that her personal slave was a male (who might have been a eunoch). More than one male was in love with her (according to the movie) but she was unwavering in her pursuits. To her credit, she was willing to die for her beliefs (whatever they were; it wasn't clear), although she didn't seem to realize the reality of where these "beliefs" (or lack of them) would lead her. Studying how she affected the people she was close to can be very interesting also. Excellent movie, acted well and very enlightening.
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    09/17/2011 9:07 PM
    I have often wondered about the burning of the books in Alexandria and what triggered it. I was unaware that the Christians of the time were so fanatical, their response to Jesus's teachings of love and redemption were certainly not evident. The cruelty of how they treated each other was almost like things are today, the slaves wanted freedom but they had no idea what it meant they burned the books without any thought of what was in them and defaced and destroyed the artifacts of the time, much like those who destroyed some of the Buddhic statues today.

    It appeared as though the men were jealous of Hypatia's intelligence, and it was the putting down of the feminine ray with Hypatia having to accept this new church authority and not being allowed to teach anymore, she could not accept their demands and therefore she was murdered mercifully by her former slave, and her body was then tortured. Mother was given another opportunity to teach the truth and set the record straight.
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    09/25/2011 1:21 PM
    I personally found the movie very disturbing. The violence and hatred in this film,( and in any film) effects me deeply.
    My realization that these events and too many like them have occured, and continue to occur on our planet is sobering. At the same time it gives us hope that the consciousness of mankind through the ages as evolved to become more enlightened and tolerent, especially with reguard to the Divine Feminine.
    I also found it hard to believe that Hypatia was not more aware of the turmoil and danger all around her, or was that omitted from the story? My heart went out to Mother for the suffering her soul chose to endure. I believe what happens to one soul is deeply felt by all. Thank you God for your Mercy Light.
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    10/09/2011 8:42 AM
    I see I need to post a longer essay and send it to the registrar. However, for a brief comment on the film, Agora, here are my thoughts:

    a. the integrity of Hypatia (female heroine) was incredible -- through all the tension and aggression, she kept to her values.
    b. Hypatia was continually trying to find the "answers" to life; however, in her case, they seemed limited to scientific explanations.
    c. There was so much sadness when you saw spiritual groups fighting amongst each other.

    We have evolved from continual warfare in the West. The Middle-East will one day catch up.
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