April 5, 12
- Hutchinson’s description of the Bodhisattva – anyone with
compassion for other people.
- ^Deacy would comment saying that this is too vague.
- Does Harold qualify as a Bodhisattva? – does he stand out due to
- Paragraphs 10/11 – self critiques his theory and response.
- Hutchison calls Karen a G-d. – there is no supreme G-ds in
- ^That would make her a creator figure.
- If she is a creator figure this takes her away from the Buddhist
- Thus we can view her as Judeo/Christian or Eastern.
- Harold’s wristwatch completes him – Karen “created” both of them.
- The idea that the watch completes him ends up being literal due to
the watch piece being in him – interconnected being.
- Another cue – Karen dictates the thoughts of the watch.
- Watchmaker motif/analogy
- Watch = humans, life, the entire universe
- Watchmaker = G-d (an intelligent designer)
- By way of analogy the argument states that design implies a
designer – watches just don’t evolve out of nowhere.
- The most famous version of the watchmaker analogy was
articulated by the English philosopher William Paley in 1802
- The purpose of this argument is to establish the plausibility of the
general premise: by how the watch is made and looks it was clearly
made by an intelligent designer.
- In most formulations of the argument, the characteristic that
indicated intelligent design is orderliness (living beings are complex
and fit very nicely into their places in the world)
- Harold = watch
- Karen = watchmaker
- ^His watch wants him to pursue unorderliness – what it is to be
human – watch is still designed by the watchmaker but the film
challenges the fact that we are human – orderly – our experience to
overcome chaos – makes us human.
- The analogy is being used as a contrast.
- Harold as a Christ figure or Bodhisattva?
- Karen has created Harold in her own image – Judeo Christian idea
- ^monochromatic backdrop for Karen and Harold – not for everyone
- Some thought on the course
- Who do we know whose analysis of a film is best?