And I think as Christians this is a time to reach out to these people..not put them down for feeling like they do which is what I am seeing on facebook right now. Talk about a lack of compassion for others..
I subscribe to Prime New hosted by Mike Galanos that comes on week day afternoons where they take call in's or comments off of facebook on current topics. Anyway I just saw today"s topic..people suffering from depression after watching Avatar because our world looks so bad compared to the world in the movie. I'll post the news article in a minute. The reaction from many that are posting is horrible..they are calling these people retards, mentally ill, are stupid, are faking it and on and on.
Here are some comments from the news article:
Audiences experience 'Avatar' blues
(CNN) -- James Cameron's completely immersive spectacle "Avatar" may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.
On the fan forum site "Avatar Forums," a topic thread entitled "Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible," has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope. The topic became so popular last month that forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian had to create a second thread so people could continue to post their confused feelings about the movie.
"When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed ... gray. It was like my whole life, everything I've done and worked for, lost its meaning," Hill wrote on the forum. "It just seems so ... meaningless. I still don't really see any reason to keep ... doing things at all. I live in a dying world."
"Ever since I went to see 'Avatar' I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na'vi made me want to be one of them. I can't stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it," Mike posted. "I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in 'Avatar.' "
Other fans have expressed feelings of disgust with the human race and disengagement with reality. (read the rest at the link...I posted it out of order to show the most relevant ideas in it in a short space)
Considering many people live in large polluted cites where they can't hardly see the sky on certain days, let alone much in nature...and its winter and everything looks dead right now..and the state of the world..the recession that has left many struggling to make ends meet, its no wonder they are reacting this way. At first I have to say I was surprised to read this but after reading the article about it I think I can understand why they feel like they do and my heart goes out to them. Without Christ..what hope do they have in this world?
So ready yourself and be ready to offer hope for those in despair regardless of the reasons why they are.
Our world is beautiful too..I think we can get use to something and no longer see the beauty it in..we get where we take it for granted..maybe this video will help to remind everyone of it:
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