Pride & Prejudice

My wife and I watched Pride & Prejudice (2005) over Valentine’s Day weekend. Entering that world and story was so refreshing, it left me feeling happy, inspired, and challenged.

The setting, story, music, filming, and atmosphere of the film was beautiful. I marvel at the excellence that was achieved.

I’ve seen the film multiple times, and there is something about it that reminds me how lovely this world is and how good slowness is. Let me explain.

We live in a culture of speed and instant gratification. Speed can be good, but you then have to ask, “at what cost?” For many people it’s hard to sit still. We are constantly distracted, and we’ve lost a lot of reality–what is right in front us. We like to be connected but do we ever connect?

So when I read about another time period, I’m often inspired or challenged to a different way of living. Pride & Prejudice asks, when was the last time you…

walked instead of drove,
read instead of scrolled,
feasted instead of fast-fooded,
lit candles instead of flicking a switch,
actively listened to music instead of passively hearing music,
and wrote instead of typed?

I’m not saying their time period was perfect. It wasn’t. And there is a lot that wasn’t desirable. But we have lost a lot on the wonder of life, enjoying the present, and pursuing the more difficult pleasures. This instant gratification culture isn’t satisfying. Just look at the depression and anxiety rates skyrocketing.

Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned and I’m not saying we need to pretend we are in the 1800 or 1900’s, but I am saying we have a lot to learn from old practices and lifestyles.

I’m convinced our lives can be more full, richer, and filled with more beauty than we realize.

And don’t get me started on the last scene with Mr. Bingley and Jane as well as the last scene with Elizabeth and her father. It’s lovely. The happiness in this story is contagious.

If you are someone who isn’t into these wonderful stories filled with romance and love, maybe you should check your prejudice of the story and get over your pride. You might be surprised.

PS – Here you can get a lovely cloth-bound book of Pride & Prejudice. I heartily recommend reading the book as their is so much depth of beauty and truth. It is a joy to read.

Below you can see the trailer.

Lost in Space – 10 Reasons to Watch

Lost in Space (2018- ) is a TV show I don’t hesitate to recommend. So many TV shows are garbage. So finding one that is actually good is like finding gold in the dross. They are hard to come by (especially newer shows), but they are out there.

Here are 10 reasons I’d recommend watching “Lost in Space”.

  1. Location
    The first season was filmed in Vancouver, Canada. The second season is filmed in Iceland. To showcase the beauty of another planet, they film it on planet Earth! THIS world is truly beautiful.
  2. Trouble
    The writers are willing to put their characters through a lot of trouble. This is good because it inspires the audience ways to work through trouble because this world is full of it.
  3. Family
    When a large part of our culture wants to get rid of the family, it’s refreshing to see a family go through conflict together, stay together, and work together. Family is the backbone of society. G.K. Chesteron said, “The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.”
  4. Fatherhood
    It’s rare to see current shows where the father is seen as a critical role to the family and what happens when the father actually steps up to be a man, sacrifice for his family, and give his life for them. Yes, John isn’t the perfect role model, but seeing him transform throughout the series is inspiring.
  5. Responsibility
    When a boy named Will takes responsibility for his robot, I question my life and ask, “Am I taking responsibility for the people, positions, and things that have been entrusted to me?” Responsibility takes humility, self-control, and action.
  6. No nudity
  7. Music
    Music fits the show well. The soundtrack has some lovely songs I enjoy listening to. Without good music, it’s hard to have a good movie or show. Christopher Lennertz composed the music beautifully.
  8. Character building
    People want to grow. So when you see characters grow through turmoil, suffering, and catastrophic events, it encourages you that you can do the same. You are not alone. Will we grow in our character and responsibilities or will we become self-centered and prideful?

    C.S. Lewis said, “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
  9. Questions
    The show asks lots of great questions that the viewer can ponder and work through. Roles in family, robots, what love looks like, questioning authority, and so much more.
  10. Beauty
    There are so many beautiful elements. You will just have to watch it. Truth, goodness, and beauty is on display. It’s not perfect, but we need more shows like this.