Cultures and Values

Cultures and Values

Instructions: Jack and the Beanstalk, though a fairy tale, strikes at the very core of this elective humanities course called Cultures and Values. This modern version you are watching today has several layers of meaning, both symbolic and metaphorical. Thematic connections, such as the following invite scrutiny and reflection, and perhaps social action and historical re-examination. *restitution for Native and African Americans * Crime & Punishment *international Terrorism and decline civil rights *democracy and capitalism *concept of time *existentialism : choice and consequences* original jack and Christopher Columbus * the dismantling of occupy wall street * the secrecy surrounding Osama raid ; the conspiracy surrounding 9/11 *etc etc etc
We are told many things in our lives by our religion and culture, priests and politicians, the theologian and executioner; in fact ,almost anyone in authority. Unfortunately, quite often we take perspectives, their directives, and their constructs for granted and interpret them by the agency of free choice, superstitious chance , or simply ignorance adds absolute truths . Most often we want to be politically correct, even at the cost of moral civic integrity. This movie is designed to trigger what is known as lateral thinking to see the world, both past and present, in it’s original and non fabricated form, and question the so called absolute truths. It challenges the option of political correction and reprimands our practice of lazy assumption. In your reaction as well as reflection paper, YOU WILL ATTEMPT TO SHOW THIS MOVIE HAS AWAKENED YOU TO QUESTION COME HISTORICAL HALF-TRUTHS AND COLLECTIVE MYTHS
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