Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Behind the Drama of the Oscars ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Behind the Drama of the Oscars ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The Oscars are coming. This Sunday many people will watch the actors, their designer outfits, and the general spectacle of so many famous and creative people in one place.

Of course there is more to the show than the gathering of these stars; the Academy Awards were created to honor dramatic achievement. Awards for acting and writing were first handed out in ancient Greece, and notably good performances have been considered worthy of attention ever since. The Oscars may be largely about entertainment, but behind the glitter is something fundamental to life.

What is it about drama that has always been so intriguing? For the Greeks who invented theater, it was a religious experience. Drama portrayed the nature and relation of man to divinity. Our ideas of ourselves and God have changed since those masked players of antiquity moved audiences of thousands to laughter and tears on Greek hillsides, but the experience of watching a good performance remains an essentially spiritual one.

The most beautiful, meaningful films tell us about ourselves. They suggest that there's more to life than material elements, more to us than physicality and mortality - that we are part of something profound. When we see an actor give a great performance, we don't think about the actor, or even the pretense of the story. Rather we are touched by something more basic - truths about our identity. When we see love or loyalty, honesty or hope, clearly conceived, we glimpse not only what is best in humanity, but what God is constantly providing to us.

Christian Science provides the perspective that our identity is understood to be a reflection of the Divine - an expression of God. God's attributes, essentially and substantially good, are our birthright. Because God, Spirit, is everywhere and always present, these qualities are also continuously available to us as God's reflection.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, which must escape from its environments in order to be immortal. …

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