Actions Have Consequences

Newspaper-icon“Cause and effect” is a term you hear in science class.  “If, Then” are commands used in computer programing.  It’s a cycle as old as time and written into the fabric of nature, human life, and the universe.

Everything reminds us that actions have consequences.  It’s prevalent in current events and I write about it all the time.  

Our government is obsessed with testing students even though testing isn’t an adequate way of testing the intelligence of a student.  How can anyone adequately test intelligence?  It’s formless and manifests differently in each person.  Also, testing doesn’t properly prepare students for the real world.  No one can be prepared for the real world, even adults.  Yet, schools – given enough resources and proper encouragement – can arm students for the trials and tribulations of the real world.

Yet, the government’s decision to favor testing over other, more effective forms of teaching leaves children unprepared for their future.  This is a debilitating cause and affect. 

Although, I do believe current and future government officials should be tested on their knowledge of the Constitution, American History, and Government.  Since their actions hold consequences for the whole country, they should be armed to make informed decisions based on fact and not false theological interpretations of History.

If people prefer to not believe me or what they read in the paper, perhaps they’ll believe what they watch on television.

The reasons I’ve neglected my blog in the last few months include work, laziness, and a conference.  Aside from the first two reasons, the last is particularly important.  

I love conferences because I spend time with people of like mind.  Intellectual conversations concerning everything and anything abounds igniting imaginations and enlightening those who were previously unenlightened.  

Pop Culture conferences are especially delightful.  Presumedly the mundane mindlessness of television shows, music, and movies are put into stark contrast when compared to the happenings of the real world.  Hidden lessons imbedded in each piece is brought to light along with the negative qualities.

One of the many panels I attended pertained to the Once Upon a Time television show.  The presenters talked about the corporatization of fairy tales, the standardization of blood being the strong and only foundation for a family, and the neglect of ethnic minorities playing enduringly strong character leads while denying a possible lesbian relationship between Mulan and Sleeping Beauty.

Once-Upon-a-Time-iconOnce Upon a Time may have that Twilight quality – so horrible yet so incredibly mesmerizing that people can’t look away.  Unlike the Twilight series, there are positive messages within Once Upon a Time.

Historically, fairy tales were tools to teach lessons instilling societal “norms” in children.  They taught women that if they minded the home and weren’t rebellious, a Prince Charming would come to sweep them off their feet, provide for them financially, and the women would have nothing to worry about for the rest of their lives.  Hence, producing a “Happily Ever After” ending.

Fairy tales also taught boys that it was their duty to provide a strong financial foundation to build a home and family.  

Presenting these societal rules in story formate simplified life introducing a set of seemingly unbreakable cause and affect statements that were set up to make most in society fail.  If a family was broken, it was the woman’s fault for not staying quiet and minding the house.  If a family was poor, it was the man’s fault for not providing an adequate financial means.

Once Upon a Time takes all the Disnified fairy tales, places them in a cauldron, and mixes them up.  Placing fairy tale characters in the real world makes them relatable to a modern audience.  The flashbacks to the past in the enchanted forest shows audiences that their previous knowledge of fairy tales was false.  Everything is not as simple as it seems, life is infinitely complicated, and giving up – while tempting – should never be an option.

As I watched the season final of Once Upon a Time, I was lulled into a false sense of security.  Emma discovered the depths of Captain Hooks love for her, The Charmings have a safe healthy baby boy, and Regina, the Evil Queen, is with her soulmate Robin Hood.

Yet, all was not meant to be since actions have consequences.  While in the past, Emma chose to save a woman imprisoned with her in Regina’s castle.  Instead of leaving the woman in the past since the very notion that she’s alive could have drastic implications on the present, Emma decides to take the woman to the present.  That way, the timeline won’t change.

Emma didn’t fully think about her actions and how those actions would change her immediate future and the future of those around her.

The woman Emma saved and brought back to the present was Maid Marian, Robin Hood’s wife.  When Emma brought Marian back to the present, Emma negatively impacted the budding relationship between Regina and Robin Hood.  Ironically, Emma repeated the past in taking Regina’s love away from her as Snow White was the catalyst in getting Regina’s first love killed.

Actions have consequences, happily ever after is inconstant, and life will always be complicated.  Art imitating life.

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