tungwaiyip.info

home

about me

links

Media

Yucatán Photos

St Lucia Photos

Photo Album

Videos

Blog

< November 2011 >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA

 

Life Affirming - Million Dollar Baby

... Spoiler Alert ...
Continue reading after you've seen the movie.

Million Dollar Baby starts off like a female version of Rocky. Maggie is an aspiring boxer, endowed with little besides a stubborn determination. She pester the unwilling coach Frankie to train her. Finally she has overcome his reluctance and eventually fight her way up to challenge the championship. Then the movie takes a sharp turn when an accident in the boxing ring has badly injured her. Rather than accepting life in her now paralyzed body, she requested to be relieved from the lesser existence.

To me the story of Maggie is a life affirming story.

For most of history, the nature decides who lives and who dies. If an injury does not kill you, the starvation will. Modern technology changed this and in many cases allow us to sustain life for as long as one is willing. Our culture tell us to delay death at all cost. Even the most diminished patient can now be sustained. So much that what is considered life should perhaps be called "not-dead". When life is reduced to mere not-dead, this is actually a desecration of life.

Maggie recognizes that there is vitality in a worthy life. She has the vitality once. But it is unfortunately now lost. By rejecting "not-dead" in her self-assured way, she honors the life she has lived. Paradoxically, this makes it a really life affirming story.

2011.11.26 [, ] - comments

 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

past articles »

 

BBC News

 

Trump nomination divides Republicans (04 May 2016)

 

Fears Canada fire may worsen amid exodus (04 May 2016)

 

China deploys singer to disputed island (04 May 2016)

 

EU plans fines for refusing refugees (04 May 2016)

 

Kenya's 'gay anal tests' challenged (04 May 2016)

 

'Dozens killed' in Aleppo battle (04 May 2016)

 

Apple loses fight over 'iPhone' in China (04 May 2016)

 

SA opposition ejected from parliament (04 May 2016)

 

EU sets out road to Turkey visa deal (04 May 2016)

 

UK 'to take child refugees from Europe' (04 May 2016)

more »

 

SF Gate

 

Bay Area News (7 Jan 2012)

 

City Insider (11 Feb 2012)

 

Crime Scene (13 Feb 2012)

 

C.W Newius Column (10 Jan 2012)

 

C.W. Nevius Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

Education News (10 Jan 2012)

 

KALW (11 Feb 2012)

 

Matier and Ross Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

Dolby Labs, Highfive partner on video, audio conferencing service (4 May 2016)

 

Mothers for Nuclear: New group tries to keep Diablo Canyon open (3 May 2016)

 

Bitmicro in Fremont fined for paying workers less than an hour (3 May 2016)

 

Women in tech band together to track diversity (3 May 2016)

 

China’s blood shortages pump new life into billion drugmaker (3 May 2016)

 

Daily Briefing, May 4 (3 May 2016)

more »

 


Site feed Updated: 2016-May-04 09:00