Published: Saturday, Nov. 19 2011 1:00 p.m. MST
"Walden Media is a company unlike any other operating in the American film
industry. For starters, it's not based in Hollywood. The offices for senior
management and the publication division are in Boston, where Flaherty was born
and raised."I hate to quibble, but that's not really
accurate.Walden Media's corporate HQ is in Los Angeles. Mr.
Flaherty may work out of his Boston office, but the company is very much
"Hollywood" in its location and operations.
Michael moore has many of the same qualities.
I love his movies. Charolette's Wed and Chronicles of Narnia are some of our
family's favorite movies. I am so glad that there are film makers out there who
still care about family values and high standards.
After seeing the Narnia movies, my children and I had great discussions about
the Christian symbolism. There are other fantastic themes in those films as
well. His objective to create family discussion was achieved, with my family at
I don't know whether to laugh or cry over this article. For an evangelical
Christian, with the financial support of an arch-conservative, to claim that
Thoreau and Walden Pond were his inspiration, shows a clear misunderstanding of
who Thoreau was and what he taught.To Thoreau, "marching to a
different drum" meant listening to the guidance within yourself, no matter
what others were saying, preaching, doing and demanding of you. That's why he
retreated to Walden Pond: so he could hear that voice within himself ever more
clearly.Could such a man possibly have anything in common with a
theology which teaches that whoever doesn't believe in it will be tortured
eternally by God? Could Thoreau possibly have supported financier Anschutz's
campaign against the right of two people who are in love to marry, because
they're both of the same gender?Lockstep thinking, even if it
seemingly goes against other lockstep thinking in our culture, is *not* marching
to a different drum. You don't learn the lessons of Walden Pond by going to the
movies--or to a church, for that matter. Again, it can only come from within.
I love Waldon media. One of our family favorites is Amazing Grace. Thank you
Deseret News for bringing this story to light. (I had no idea.) I will continue
to support Walden through my $$$. I applaud Mr. Flaherty and his tireless
effort to bring real value to media today. I wish there were more of him!
Thank you Free Agency. I doubt that many who watch these films have ever even
cracked open Walden Pond or know anything about what Thoreau was trying to
remove himself from. It reminds me a little of how N. Korea uses The Diary of
Anne Frank to espouse their theories and indoctrinate youth. I just wonder what
Thoreau would think if this guy could sit him down and say, "Hey Henry-I
made this Narnia movie because I was inspired by you!" He'd probably choke
on his popcorn.
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