Arnon Louiv on the meaning of Faith who overcomes Doubt…

June 30, 2019 at 16:35 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment

The end of June is upon us. The month of July, 2019 begins in a few hours and as I was having coffee this morning thoughts harbored my mind about the meaning of faith. I basically grew up living within the conflict of Judaism and Christianity, and for a few years, even with the concept that perhaps there isn’t a God out there, because my earthly father doubted the Bible and consequently, the existence of an all-powerful God. Well, he was not the first and he won’t be the last. Plus, there are hordes of agnostics out there mixed in with atheists.

An atheist does not believe in a God that created the universe, at least not the God written about in the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible), in the Christian Bible, and obviously too, in the Koran or in other faiths out there. An agnostic, a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in the existence of God, is what most people around us are (though, they don’t say so), because they don’t care either way.

I woke up this morning reflecting on this, and it could have been the caffeine (being sarcastic here) that made me come to this conclusion that faith does win the battle over doubt and disbelief. Here is why:

  • Everything we fight for in life starts with faith – in the belief that we will do something worthwhile with our lives. Think of it: every new discovery requires faith in the process, including scientific discoveries.
  • How about the belief in the most important person? To believe in yourself.
  • To believe that even Donald Trump might one day repent and strive to unite the nation rather than continue to divide it.
  • To trust our emotions.
  • To accept the past, redeem ourselves of it, do what is right in the present, and create a great future for ourselves.
  • To some, reach those moments of epiphanies (that it could happen), or Eureka!
  • To believe in the person we want to be romantically involved and create the most sacred of human bonding: a family!

Now, I am not alone in this, and others superior than me in achievements and faith, believed likewise. Sir Isaac Newton, a confirmed Christian, might have agreed with every word I wrote. So, would Gandhi and so many other giants who were inspired by the faith of Judaism or Christianity or in whatever is good in their faiths. 

Faith is after all what we need because faith believes in love and John Lennon, a confirmed atheist, or at least an agnostic, wrote the famous song that said: “All we need is Love”. To believe that…requires faith!

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Arnon Louiv on the Magic of Television…in bygone days, it was the magic of movies ‘A Fistful of Dollars? Anyone?’…Kudos to HBO’s Game of Thrones!

May 8, 2019 at 17:16 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment

Much has been made of the Starbucks-type coffee cup on one of the scenes of Game of Thrones. Folks, this is just a movie and it is made by humans.  In this case, a TV series.

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Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen)    –  GAME OF THRONES –     Daenerys Targaryen     

I am an independent filmmaker and I suppose it is accepted, as normal, if I make a blunder in the editing room – leaving a rogue cup of coffee in a scene – since, on a limited basis, I can produce some magic but with a very limited budget. But, the misplaced coffee cup left on Season Eight, episode 4, at about the 17:40-minute mark of Game of Thrones has not been accepted normally. And it probably should not be and justifiably so, after all, come on HBO editing guys! Every episode of Game of Thrones season eight has been reported (by Variety) as having cost $15 million a piece to produce.

I was a dreaming boy when I first saw the Clint Eastwood Italian Western Trilogy, the Sergio Leone`s films, my favorite of all “A Fistful of Dollars“; who doesn’t like that theme song by Ennio Morricone? I sat on an old seat in a cinema theatre that today is a bygone relic from the past. So sad! But, how could I not want to jump into the screen and also act out the part of Peter O’Toole in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA? Or play the part of Jack T. Colton in ROMANCING THE STONE?

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Kathleen Turner  –  Michael Douglas –  ROMANCING THE STONE

Yet, they are all just movies! But they are magic! They make us believe in something beyond the misery and injustice we see around us; good dreams beyond the corrupt politicians and judges from the left or the right before us. Who cares about a Starbucks-type coffee cup in a scene? Movies make magic. In this case, TV magic!

Kudos to HBO!

Arnon Louiv on Game of Thrones and how Critics missed the `borrowing’ of the Lord of the Rings last battle scene vis-à-vis the Battle of Winterfell…

May 1, 2019 at 16:32 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment

Spoiler alert ahead. Read at your own peril.

I have read so much written about Season 8 episode 3 – The Battle of Winterfell, Game of Thrones, but what truly appalls me is the fact that no one – until now – has written about the similarities of the destruction of both evil armies in the Battle of Winterfell and the final battle of the Return of the King in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Return of the King – The Lord of the Rings

Since George R.R. Martin has not published yet the final book of Game of Thrones, we must assume that showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, in consultation with the series writer, decided to borrow quite a bit of how one man (the night king) was the god-creator-destroyer(if he died) of all the armies of the dead, i.e., the white walkers, all forms of the undead, the wights, etc.,, much the same way that Sauron/the evil eye was the god-creator-destroyer(if he died) of all the armies of Orcs, Uruk-hai, the nazgûl, etc., in the Lord of the Rings.

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The Battle of Winterfell – Game of Thrones

Both evil armies disintegrated and died simultaneously soon after the night king and Sauron/Evil eye died. To wit, the moment the ring was destroyed in the fire by Frodo in the Return of the King final battle in the Lord of the Rings and in the battle of Winterfell, the moment that Arya pounced on the night king out of nowhere and stabbed him with her trusty Valyrian steel dagger – everyone died.  Just go back and see the final moment of the battle in the Return of the King, after the ring is destroyed, then compare it to the final moment after the night king is slain in the battle of Winterfell.

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Sansa Stark                                                                                                 Tyrion Lannister

Now, my two predictions for a Game of Thrones finale: Sansa Stark will re-marry Tyrion Lannister and they will reign together in the North, and Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen) will marry Daenerys Targaryen and they will rule King’s Landings – with Jon sitting on the Iron Throne.

Arnon Rafael Louiv on the Season Finale of the monumental HBO`s Game of Thrones…

April 13, 2019 at 19:26 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment

It is only fair and appropriate to start this blog giving much deserved kudos to Game of Thrones creators and showrunners, David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss.

No wonder they have been hired by Disney (who bought George Lucas‘s company and Star Wars) to write a forthcoming Star Wars episode.

In a recent interview, this is what Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm said: “David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today…their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”

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David Benioff                                                                              Daniel Brett Weiss

David and Daniel were equally excited about the new challenge when they jumped on the opportunity: “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honoured by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”

And so, the final season of GoT (Game of Thrones) is here and the weekend of April 13-14, 2019 marks the beginning of the final episodes.

Certainly, it is difficult now to imagine television as a true filmic medium without the advent of GoT. Surely, other shows prior to GoT splashed on TV screens all over the world, but none had the elements to be the staggering phenomenon that GoT became.

There are many reasons why GoT became such a worldwide phenomenon. Though, I believe that not even the modern day writer, George Raymond Richard Martin (known mostly as George R.R. Martin), ever imagined the tremendous success that GoT would become. After all, George Martin himself has said that he decided to write the fantasy epic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ on which all GoT seasons are based onbecause his previous works had not or would not or could not have been made into film the way he would have liked it to be. So, HBO took a big gamble on both David, Daniel and George, and it all paid off most handsomely.

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Emilia Clarke who plays the mother of Dragons – Daenarys Targaryean – upon whom much of the fantasy of GoT depends on for the final climax.

GoT is and shall forever be remembered by the Shakespearian type drama that involves families. In the case of GoT`s narrative, the Starks, the Lannisters and the Targaryeans, in that order of appearance from its inception, in this most beloved and entertaining HBO series.

Arnon Louiv sobre Reinaldo Azevedo e os Bolsonaristas e Trumpistas…

March 10, 2019 at 18:59 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment

 

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Arnon Louiv on Ann Coulter and Bill Maher and the Biggest Wimp whom Ann Coulter calls Donald Trump

January 26, 2019 at 19:29 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment
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It is always such a lively and insightful exchange when these two meet. Just remember, the wall brought the fall of the USSR in Europe, Perestroika was a good thing!

Arnon Louiv on the Special Center for the Visually Impaired, the Braille System, CEEDV, Brasília, D.F., Brazil and Director Airton Dutra de Farias…

December 31, 2018 at 05:57 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment

This is really a must see video about these wonderful students, volunteers and teachers, as well as the graceful and efficient Director of CEEDV, Airton Dutra de Farias. The center is located in L2 South, Brasília, D.F., Brazil.

Please take the time to see the documentary film, it is short, just 11 minutes, and it is well worth your time. Thank you!

Arnon Rafael Louiv on the Holiness Source – the Book of Leviticus – and Bible quotes on Twitter by Senator Marco Rubio and the creator of controversies – President Donald Trump…

December 30, 2018 at 18:53 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment

I can not stop thinking about so many distortions of the truth being preached out there this past year in the market of ideas. How can people still be so fooled by words (in this age of social media worldwide access?), words from those whom the Apostle Paul warned us about: “stay away from ignorant and stupid people who create controversies”, but we can’t stay away, sorry Paul.

As the end of another year 2018 approaches on our Christian Era calendar and 2019 is knocking on our doors, we must be ready to defend our faith on morals and values, like the Apostle Peter suggested, for we are all sinners.

Americans are indeed a nation of immigrants (me included) and the nation of a Constitution that we must uphold because it is the law of the land.

Senator Marco Rubio has been quoting a lot of Bible verses on his Twitter account, which is awesome, however, I wish he would also quote specific verses from the Bible to remind the President of the United States that we are a nation of immigrants and of the Bill of Rights.

And I am not just blurting out words here because of the late great John F. Kennedy who wrote the book  ‘A Nation of Immigrants’. I am writing about this because I have been disturbed about how many Americans are mistreating immigrants and people who do not think like themselves. That is all UNAMERICAN.

anationofImmigrantsThe other day I was having this heated debate with a friend, who is also a fellow Republican, and who likes to label me as a ‘centrist’. Finally, when I realized I could not convince him of the whole truth and because he kept pressing on me that only one worldview was the right one, his worldview or that of Donald Trump, I asked him bluntly: what does the First Amendment say? His answer shocked me: “I don’t know, what does it say?” He quipped. That is when I thought of the Apostle Paul’s words about ignorant people creating stupid controversies without the proper knowledge and wisdom. But, gently, I educated him on the First Amendment and I also gave him a Bible as a gift. I asked humbly that he read the Bible by himself.

Here is THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION and I should proudly add: we must be always willing to die to defend this most sacred right.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

And regarding Senator Marco Rubio`s Bible quotes, I wish he would write the following quotes from the Book of Leviticus to remind President Donald Trump where the Bible stands on immigrants.

Book of Leviticus 19:33 “When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien.” 19:34  “The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

Of course, the Bible is talking about law-abiding aliens and that is obvious to all of us who know the whole truth. There is no room for discrimination in the Bible; children should not be dying under our custody if it was for lack of proper attention and medical care.

I took a Baptist history class at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (a very conservative seminary) in Fort Worth, Texas, and the heated debate was about Christians and our Founding Fathers being slave owners. How could that be?

The truth is that there are verses in the Bible that truly carry the weight of life or death, some can be open for various exegesis; others were written for instructions for a passing generation. But verses like the ones I quoted above remain true forever, and they were not written for one passing generation. If you don`t believe me ask yourself: why do Jews and Christians observe the Passover to this day?

Arnon Rafael Louiv on the Bible and the powerful words from the Prophet Micah…

December 23, 2018 at 16:26 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment

Arnon Louiv on Representative Mia Love`s loss in Utah congressional district and Donald Trump…

November 28, 2018 at 15:01 | Posted in Articles by Arnon Louiv | Leave a comment

“Good news is, I’m not going away. But now, I am unleashed, I am untethered and I am unshackled, and I can say exactly what’s on my mind.”

Those are the exact words of outgoing U.S. Representative Mia Love from the state of Utah. She recently lost her re-election bid to Ben McAdams in their Utah congressional race. Love, who has represented the district since 2015, had been locked in a close race with McAdams, the mayor of Salt Lake County, but eventually lost the race by a few hundred votes.

Ironically, the day after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump openly criticized Love and prematurely declared her defeat. “Mia Love gave me no love and she lost,” Trump said. “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”

Later though, as the tally of votes were still being counted, Mia Love took the lead and came close to winning the race in the final tally only to lose by less than one percent to McAdams.

Most ironic of all this falling out between the President of the United States and one of his own Republican Representatives is the fact that Mia Love is now saying that she feels emboldened by the defeat and free from the shackles, apparently imposed on her by Donald Trump. What did she mean?

Well, what we know for sure is what she said during the concession speech: Republican Rep. Mia Love sharply criticized President Donald Trump during a concession speech on Monday, saying Trump’s vision of the world is “no real relationships, just convenient transactions.”

Welcome to the real world Love and thanks for not being politically correct!

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