Watch the following video. Millions already have – yet it was only published three days ago. A lovely game of point-of-view, too. Top-notch stuff, whether true or not.
Frame is everything, especially in a visual world. This from Pope Francis, for example:
He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists had been redeemed by Jesus.
“Even them, everyone,” the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. “We all have the duty to do good,” he said.
“Just do good, and we’ll find a meeting point,” the pope said in a hypothetical reply to the hypothetical comment: “But I don’t believe. I’m an atheist.”
“You couldn’t get more hopeful,” I imagine many of you are thinking. Me? It just makes me wonder if even the Pope has fallen in with those who would create a conditional world – a world where what we do is far more important than what we are.
As I say, frame is everything in a visual world – and there’s nothing more visual than a pope who knows how to speak to the masses via the tools and media they are most comfortable with. Even when unconditionality is the last thing on his mind.
Maybe I’m being picky here – let it be clear, for the moment I find Pope Francis a real breath of fresh air. But I still feel unsure of where I should stand in other contexts: if we’re talking about my children, for example, my love is absolutely unconditional. Why, then, can’t society be built on similar foundations? Why must we choose, instead, to monetise life so?
Why must our civilisations measure us so religiously – even as religions are the last thing on their mind?
More importantly, how is that one of our biggest religions also finds it this easy to do?
Does no one care to love any more outside the framing impact of these artificial boundaries?
And this impossibility that our societies might just allow us to be – doesn’t it also serve to explain a jot why our lives are becoming so mentally ill-advised?
For it’s truly paradoxical that in a supposedly hyper-individualist world, one should feel this fearful obligation to conform to certain norms rather than discover oneself in all one’s uniqueness.
Frame, as I say, is everything in a world where what we see has become more important than what we think.
And this is, quite sadly, where too many of us now find ourselves.
“Cheese!” I suppose we should say.