Quotes from “The Giver” Movie (2014) & Book (1993).

Movie

 
Title Card: All memories of the past were erased.

Chief Elder: When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong. Every single time.

Jonas: I had learned that knowing what something is, is not the same as knowing how something feels.

The Giver: A dwelling is not a home. A home is more.

The Giver: We are living a life of shadows, of echoes.

The Giver: Just like music, there’s something you can’t see with your eyes…inside you.

Jonas’s voiceover: I got lost. The good kind of lost. I saw science and sounds. I could not have the words to describe. Faces would flash of all different colors. I felt so alive. This was forbidden? I didn’t know what to think to believe. Have faith, The Giver told me. He said that faith, that was seeing beyond. He compared it to the wind. Something felt but not seen.

The Giver: Yes. There’s red, green, blue, many different colors! You’ll see them all in time. But when our people chose, they chose to do without all of them. Color, race, religion; they created sameness. If we were different, we could be envious, angry, resentful. Consumed with hatred. We need sameness. Don’t you think?

Chief Elder: Love is just a passion that can turn. And with turn we have contempt and murder.

The Giver: Of love. With love comes faith with comes hope!

 

Book

 
“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”

“They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”

“I don’t know what you mean when you say ‘the whole world’ or ‘generations before him.’I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now.”

“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.”

“He knew that there was no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt.”

“I knew that there had been times in the past-terrible times-when people had destroyed others in haste, in fear, and had brought about their own destruction.”

“What if they were allowed to choose their own mate? And chose wrong?”

“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”

“My instructors in science and technology have taught us about how the brain works. It’s full of electrical impulses. It’s like a computer. If you stimulate one part of the brain with an electrode, it…”
“They know nothing.”

Sources:

 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435651/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_giver/quotes/

http://thegiver.wikia.com/wiki/The_Giver_quotes_(film)

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2543234-the-giver

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“White Owl” by Josh Garrels (Video + Lyrics) & (Verses + Meaning)

Video:


 
Lyrics:

When the night comes,
And you don't know which way to go
Through the shadowlands,
And forgotten paths,
You will find a road

Like an owl you must fly by moonlight with an open eye,
And use your instinct as your guide, to navigate the ways that lays before you,
You were born to take the greatest flight

Like a serpent and a dove, you will have wisdom born of love
And carry visions from above into the places no man dares to follow
Every hollow in the dark of night
Waiting for the light
Take the flame tonight

Child the time has come for you to go
You will never be alone
Every dream that you have been shown
Will be like living stone
Building you into a home
A shelter from the storm

Like a messenger of peace, the beauty waits be released
Upon the sacred path you keep, leading deeper into the unveiling
As your sailing, across the great divide

Like a wolf at midnight howls, you use your voice in darkest hours
To break the silence and the power, holding back the others from their glory
Every story will be written soon
The blood is on the moon
Morning will come soon

Child the time has come for you to go
You will never be alone
Every dream that you have been shown
Will be like living stone
Building you into a home
A shelter from the storm

 
 

Related Verses:

On Title:

“You may eat any clean bird. But these are the ones which you shall not eat: … the little owl, the great owl, the white owl … You shall not eat anything which dies of itself.” (Deuteronomy 14:11-21)

“My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food. Because of my loud groaning I am reduced to skin and bones. I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins. I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof.” (Psalm 102:4-7)

On Video:

– “When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.” (Matthew 26:43)
– “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
– “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
– “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:14)
– “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)
– “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 9:5)
– “You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. (Deuteronomy 4:11-12)
– “I am against you, O destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth,” declares the LORD. “I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain.” (Jeremiah 51:25)
– “When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.” (Revelation 9:2)
– “Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.” (Revelation 11:7)
– “We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
– “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27a)

On Lyrics:

Main:
– “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
– “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and pure as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
– “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.” (Nehemiah 9:19)
– “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.” (Matthew 12:36)
– “Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the unveiling of the mystery hidden for long ages past.” (Romans 16:25)
– “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” (Romans 8:26)
– “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” (Joel 2:31)
– “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 9:5)
– “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16)

Chorus:
– “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'” (Isaiah 6:8)
– “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)
– “My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my Savior–from violent men You save me.” (2 Samuel 22:3)
– “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)
– “Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over all the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.” (Isaiah 4:5-6)

Meaning:

          I’ll take a stance with at least one other person who said that it represents the spiritual journey of every believer. God finds us in our weakness, sleeping, and sends us out into the darkness of the world. We might start to wonder why He has done such a thing, but know that He didn’t leave us without a guiding light to lead us down the right path. And though it may seem like all paths lead to destruction in the end, we find that the journey was really a test. God was with us all along and we just needed to trust in His power and protection. In the end our Father will hold us in His arms as we enter our real home.

. . .

“Omnipotence Paradox” (Debunked)

The Question:


(Statue of Averroes who first discussed the paradox in the 12th century)

The Omnipotence Paradox is usually stated this way:
 

“Can an Omnipotent Being create a stone so heavy that it cannot lift it?” (1)

 

Answers:

1) It’s akin to asking, “can 2 + 2 not equal 4?” Of course God, being All-Powerful, could have made it not 4, but He chose it to be that way. Does it make Him less powerful for choosing one way rather than another? No. He might have been “able” to do something other than what He did, but He did do what was done. No matter which way it was done, we would be asking why it was done that particular way.

2) When Christians talk about God being "All Powerful," they really mean "Eternal in Power." So the question really is, "what does Eternal mean?" Though there are many aspects to it, the aspect most pertinent to the paradox is the aspect of continuity. In light of that definition, there is no problem.

3) The question also begs the question of what the “stone” (or whatever object) really is. If the question were similar to the 2 + 2, then it’s just a play on semantics. Though I believe that the stone argument is, in essence, a question of whether God (the Greatest Possible Being) could create a being “greater” than Himself. But a being greater than the Greatest is illogical (because a precondition of being Greatest presupposes that there is none greater).

4) It's a misrepresentation of privation. The paradox is about what is not, rather than what is. The argument tries to make the point that God is “less” of a being because He does not do things one way rather than another. Though the problem with this reasoning is that God is the “Greatest Possible Being.” Anything He does is the standard of perfection. Anything which is contrary to the way it is, is itself, a lack of perfection.

For example: For the rock analogy, it’s a vie against logic. Is God less powerful because He does not defy logic? No. Logic is the standard of perfection. Anything which is contrary to that standard is less powerful; which means the question is asked under false pretense. It’s like saying, “Can God be less powerful to be more powerful?” The question itself is illogical.
 
Quote:

        When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of “No answer”. It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, “Peace, child; you don’t understand.”

        Can a mortal answer questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask–half our great theological and metaphysical problems–are like that.

        And now that I come to think of it, there’s no practical problem before me at all. I know the two great commandments, and I’d better get on with them. (2)

. . .

 

Notes

(1) “Omnipotence Paradox.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 June 2012. Web. 08 Sept. 2012. .

(2) Lewis, C. S. A Grief Observed. New York: Phoenix, 1961. 65. Print.

Note: A variation of this is the omniscience paradox–namely, “Can God create something He cannot know?”