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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-10-07 11:53 PM
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Zephyr in the Snow
I could swear that was the title of a documentary I saw in school. But, I can't find it in google.

Did anybody else, who attended high school in California, ever see a documentary called "Zephyr in the Snow"?

It was about a boy, who was an outcast. He didn't have any friends... I can't even remember the reason why. Maybe there was no reason, at all, and that was the point of the documentary. It had a shocking end. The elementary age boy departs the school bus, after being ignored by all the other children, and falls and collapses in the snow...and dies. The term "Zephyr" was used because the boy felt like he was a "zero" or a "nothing," if I remember correctly.

The documentary stayed with me... all of my life. I guess I could relate to it. And to this day, I wonder just how far the "pack mentality" (of a group) can go-- to make another human being feel worthless.

These are my late night ramblings. And, since I can't seem to find the documentary title in google, I really wonder if I imagined it.


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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-11-07 12:00 AM
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1. Mystery solved by one anonymous PMer!!! YAY!!
Edited on Sat Aug-11-07 12:07 AM by KC2
Cipher, not Zephyr...

Thank you!!!

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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-11-07 12:13 AM
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2. wow, sounds sad
I'm partial to this kind of explanation

The Religious Motive

Then Moses said to Aaron: come forward to the altar and sacrifice your sin offeringand your burnt offering, making expiation for yourself and for the people, and sacrifice the peoples offering and make expiation for them, as the L-rd has commanded.Aaron came forward to the altar and slaughtered his calf of sin offering.(Leviticus, 36: 7-8)

Sacrifice in the Hebrew bible proceded prayer as the means by which humans connectedto G-d. In spite of the inevitable trespass, through the religious ritual of sacrifice, humans were able to feel purged of sin and pure enough to stand before their Creator. It is the underlying contention of this paper that the process of guilt purgation constitutes the fundamental religious motive in all humans. The cycle of guilt/sinsacrificeredemption is a drama that occurs within the individual psyche of a human, or, often tragically, the drama can be played out on the sociological level with whole societies acting out a collective religious need.

In Leviticus, the ritually pure high priest sacrifices the perfect vessel (calf, goat, birds,etc.) so that the individual or people can atone for their guilt. The priest casts the collective sins of the people onto the ritually pure goat. Psychology teaches that individuals project their inner tensions and conflicts onto external vessels to assuage their psychic tensions. Demagogues exploit the resources of language to manipulate vulnerable masses of people to accomplish their goals with rhetoric that exploits the human symbolic need for guilt purgation.

Thus, the religious motive can be described from three different aspects of human behavior: the religious, the psychological, and the rhetorical. Psychologists call it projecting while religions use the word scapegoat. Both terms, projection and scapegoat rely on the human capacity to identify like with perceived like.

I don't know much about this source but this is essentially the basis of Christianity and many older myths, a someone sacrificed for the sins of the community, so that they can be relieved of guilt. Ancient human tradition, when you couch it in non-religious terms like projection it becomes even more pointless and sad, but it's still the same bag o' chips. (I don't know anything about that source I just liked how he expresses it).
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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-11-07 12:16 AM
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3. Ah... this is way over my head!
I saw the short film, I guess it was, in a Sociology class... and I always related it to that subject.

Sorry I'm too tired to try to digest the religious aspect of it... I'll re-read this tomorrow, though. I've been awake since 4:30 a.m., and it's starting to show!

:hi: :hug: :pals:
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