St Bride's: News - Love Actually

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St Bride's: News

Love Actually

love.jpgI have noticed that recently in the media a lot of emphasis is being laid on love. This central theme of Christianity is particularly evident in the song "Where is the Love", and the film "Love Actually".

The hip hop group "Black Eyed Peas" released the song Where is the Love? In summer 2003 and it really took off this autumn. Contrary to the stereotypical lyrics about material wealth and lust this genre of music is associated with, the words of this song are charged with a powerful message. The chorus itself questions human nature and asks God to help us to love and care for one another. This song was number one on the popular Pepsi chart for over 5 weeks, and we can only hope that the lyrics, as well as the tune, remain in people?s minds.

"Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our own direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found"

The world must be ready for the preaching of love because the film Love Actually also carries the same message. However, it approaches it from a different angle. Whilst the song tells us we don't and need to focus on love and goodwill, the film says rather that we do and must continue to focus on it.

The film is made up of lots of different stories, all concerned with different kinds of love. The general mood of the movie is happy and uplifting, full of hope for humanity. However there are tinges of sadness which add a little reality to it. Tied in with the theme of love in the film, is the theme of Christmas. After seeing Love Actually I thought of how lucky I will be to be with those I love this Christmas.

The film began and ended by commenting on the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport. Here you can see love in all its forms and amongst all people. It is clear that there is a lot of love in the world. The Black Eyed Peas complain there is too much suffering due to our mistakes and wrongdoings. We need to harness all the love in the world and focus it on reducing suffering. Remember this Christmas: love is the most generous gift you could possibly give.

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