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Wed, Oct. 22nd, 2003, 08:34 pm
Triple Threat

The Lord of the Rings, introduced by the cast, with a talk by Peter Jackson.

And it's on a Saturday.

Now I'm experiencing the true meaning of conflict: I've always been Shabbat-observant my whole life. Okay, in college I probably stretched things a little (sleeping through Shabbat dinner and then feasting on cheese popcorn at 3 AM doesn't necessarily scream sabbath spirit to me), but even now that I'm breaking some of the rules it's all for the core purpose of celebrating Shabbat as a time to step away from the needs, demands and stresses of the week.

I'm not sure I can justify going to watch LotR as a Shabbat activity.

Hence, conflict.


Wed, Oct. 22nd, 2003 08:46 pm (UTC)

This is indeed hard. On the one hand, you have something that gives you a great deal of imaginative pleasure, provides an escape from harsh reality and enriches your life with culture. ('Cause if a brit made it, it's culture dammit!) On the other, you have a religious faith which, though I don't understand it personally, is at least pretty straightforward when it comes to thou shant's.
Would the guilt you would feel over fudging the rules outweigh the pleasure of enjoying something you really like?

Wed, Oct. 22nd, 2003 08:56 pm (UTC)

Well, here's the problem: I've got an all-or-nothing kind of personality, and I'm worried that if I stretch the rules this far once, I'll never be able to - or even want to! - go back to the comfortable medium that I'm currently exploring.

Really, I should just buy myself a damn ticket; then I can plan to resell it, and if I decide to be veryveryvery bad then, well, I can deal with the consequences later. -g-