In the space between moments
I think that this is most certainly a tough issue. I must say that I've agreed with everything you have written, Balladeer. Children should be allowed to pretend and to be exposed to many different elements. I have never personally gone to church except a few select times with neighbors and I am sad for that. Not because I want to be forced into one way of thinking, but rather because I was given no exposure to anything. I am glad that I have finally been subjected to many different religions and have chosen the elements of spirituality that suit me. I disagree that a simple story could lure children to practice black magic and become evil. On the contrary, it seems to me that the Harry Potter stories seem to be more about comradery and believing in yourself than anything else. I have not personally read them or seen the movie, so I can not be an accurate judge of that as of yet, but my best friend has spoken to me in detail of their content. I also don't believe that people should judge the content of such stories and movies without seeing them first. I'm not accusing anyone of that, but my best friend just had a disagreement with a person that hardly knew the basis of the story. And that is why I am not going into great detail with my opinions because I've decided to wait until I see/read Harry Potter and decide if my opinion changes. I doubt it will, based on what I already know, but it's good to be informed. I respect everyone's opinion on this matter, of course, and am glad it can be discussed with class and respect here. Part of what makes this place great, don't ya think?
I liked the basis of the poem, a very interesting angle to take. You're so right about how Hollywood would hipe up such a thing. I liked the poem a lot, even if I don't agree with your viewpoints. But it's good to disagree now and then, isn't it?
Hugs and smiles to everyone.
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." -Gandhi
[This message has been edited by Alwye (edited 11-21-2001).]