Posted by: Walt Curtis | July 13, 2011

Transformers: Entertainment and Anchored Living™

We saw Transformers: Dark of the Moon last night. There was an unusually broad cross section of people in attendance. There was the usual chatter together with the same old cell phone users who refuse to silence the light noise from their devices continuing through all the previews (and even much of the movie, unfortunately).

You could feel and hear the audience buying into the scenarios of power-gone-whacko (nicely portrayed by both Patrick Dempsey and Frances McDormand). We all recognized the propaganda lines and visuals from the corporate world and governments (and even from the “good guys”) for what they really are. You could sense how fed-up many in the audience were with this all-too-accurate reflection of our world.

The real power of the movie came from the portrayals of individuals taking a principled stand against power-gone-whacko in all its forms, even when it should have been obvious that you could not win, and even in the face of so many and so much being obliterated by the conflict.

I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the movie, when there was louder and longer applause than I have heard in the last two decades. It seems that individuals of all ages and backgrounds understand what is happening in the world, and we know that the time is at hand to take a principled stand, even if it means risking seeming obliteration.

It would be interesting to know if audience response varied by socioeconomic status.

The anchor principles of light, goodwill, peace, forgiveness and love readily take in and exceed the boundaries of this entertaining film. An Anchored Living™ perspective also allows us to enjoy this movie’s entertainment and to understand the various reactions of people, based on how they integrate these principles in their lives.


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