Avatar: Riffing with Myth

Avatar: Riffing with Myth

By Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP

“People can say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that what’s we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within out innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alone. That’s what it’s all finally about, and that’s what these clues (myths) help us to find within ourselves.”

-       Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, 1988

James Cameron’s much anticipated animated 3D epic Avatar is the most expensive film ever made, coming in at about $300 million.  It is a science fiction adventure that takes place in the future and asks what all worthy sci-fi films wonder about: what does it mean to be human? Are we who we say we are, or are we avatars, both the captains of our own destinies as well as the victims of our own machinations?

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