Doors of Death

Death and all its complexities have felt close to me over the past three months. I don’t know what to do about it.

It’s not just knowing and hearing about people who have passed away. It’s knowing people with terminal cancer or sicknesses that could recur in the foreseeable future.

It’s not death itself that I find scary. I believe in an afterlife and have conviction I will see some of the people who have died again.

But what do we–the living–do when faced with death? It is not only everywhere because of wars, disease, and the brokenness of man; death will come for all of us. We will each have to figure out what it feels like, how we live with it, and how we let go. If we don’t answer questions about death before it finds us, we not only have an incomplete understanding of life but death itself will bring about terrifying, possibly debilitating, fear.

However, if we think of death as “just another path, one that we all must take”* than how we deal with it becomes part of the journey. That sounds a bit non-chalant and callous but it’s true. Death, despair, injustice, poverty–these are all things that are terrible and yet the key to getting through them in our own lives and in the lives of others is to keep living, to not let the fear of death stop us from taking breath and doing the things we love.

I don’t know if I’ve “come to grips” with death. I don’t know if I will ever understand death in this life.

But I firmly believe our lives go on even when we feel like we are surrounded by doors of death.

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Said by Gandalf the White in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

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An Open Letter to Hollywood Movie Makers: Please Write a Dramatic Role for Liam Neeson

Dear Hollywood Movie Makers,

As movie goers, we love Liam Neeson. We were all pleasantly surprised when he became an action star at the age of 54 in Batman Begins and more significantly two years later in Taken.

However, since then, it seems like all Mr. Neeson does is action films. Taken 2, The Grey, Non-Stop, and A Walk Among the Tombstones are just a few of movies where we’ve seen him through hard punches, walk away from epic explosions, and participate in big car chase scenes.

I am not saying I don’t like Mr. Neeson as an action star. In fact, one of my favorite roles of his is Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I think he’s done very well and has had some very lovely dramatic moments in several of these action driven films. But Mr. Neeson first gained recognition in the film world for his role in Schindler’s List for which he received an Oscar nomination. Mr. Neeson has also starred in several Broadway plays.

Given the number of high action films being produced today, it would seem creating more compelling dramatic films would benefit not only Hollywood as a whole but also Mr. Neeson himself. I cannot speak for Mr. Neeson personally, but I can say as a fan of his work, I miss seeing him in dramatic roles.

So please consider this one small request from one fan who loves Mr. Neeson for his fantastic role in Schindler’s List and the wise voice of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia movies.