(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Disney movie Moana. Of course, the film is over a year old and ready to watch on Netflix, so if you haven’t seen it now, you probably never will.)
(Another Warning: This post contains a writer who is trying to make a meme out of something. It’s shameless, I know, but I like spreading good news.)
It’s been a while since I have posted, and that always means that I’m trying to figure stuff out when it comes to the site. For the past year or so, we have been doing our usual product reviews, but we want to really kick it up a notch. Several notches, indeed.
When I started this site about a decade ago, I wanted to create a site that brought the latest in tech to the Christian, church-going crowd. As my wife and I wrote about a year ago, we left the Christian church because we felt they had lost faith in what truly matters, accepting a culture readily available to them that does not embrace the biblical values they think it does.
I’m going to break this fourth wall of being writer more than I usually do in the majority of my reviews. The issue is that I embraced the conservative Christianity of the early nineties because I was sick of the negativity of the world. At the time, it was a great jump-start, but I see now that much of the Christianity has become part of the negativity, and this included myself.
Note I use that in the past-tense. About a year ago, I started a job in order rescue me from drowning in even more debt, even though it was a job I was reluctant to take. I’ll talk about that work in another post, but sometime I discovered the movie Moana.
This was a film that I didn’t want to see, and heard hardly anything about. (The fact that Frozen gets a whole lot of praise and no one talks about Moana is a horrendous crime, by the way.) I dismissed Moana as one of those films that I would see if I could watch it for free, and I found a way. I then found that once I started watching this film, I couldn’t stop watching it.
There was a good reason for this. In the film, Moana is about to become the new chieftain of her tribe, who live peacefully on some Polynesian island in some ancient time. Moana is constantly trying to see what is beyond the reef, but her parents know from experience that it is dangerous to go out too far into the ocean. Eventually, the plants and the fish in the village begin to die, and Moana can no longer accept the false safety of her island, and is forced to leave.
This leads to the typical hero’s journey adventure, and a big part of Moana’s realization of her identity is a symbolic stack of stones. In context of the film, this is how her island passes on their leadership, by placing a stone atop another.
The other day, while I was on the way to work, and I noticed some stacked rocks near the road. It is clearly not a natural formation, and I don’t know who took the time to create stacks of rocks like in Moana. Granted, they are not stacked as high as the one on Moana’s island, but I took advantage of it.
If you have seen the film, then you know that Moana doesn’t put a stone on the stack, but a shell. I remember when I first saw that, I thought: “Now no one can put their rock on that stack of leadership”. Then I realized that this is the point.
The truth is there are times when it is necessary to stop a tradition, and yet still honor it. Yes, putting a shell on top of the stack of rocks stops the tradition right there, but it is a necessary change. There comes a time where you need to embrace the danger, or neglect will take you over completely.
For me, I happened to have a seashell. I honestly don’t remember where I got it from. I think we picked it up at the beach years ago, and I believe my daughter was going to throw it away. Needless to say, I’m attempting to jump-start a meme with it:
Therefore, I’ve decided to dedicate this site to telling positive news. We are going to still do product reviews, but you are going to find a lot of commentary about just about everything. The point is, I’m going to really do a lot on this site, and it is going to lead to some massive growth.
All I can say now is stay tuned, or subscribe, and stuff.