Journey To The Center Of The Earth

with Brendan Fraser

Viewed January 3, 2009

Tonight's lively discussion stemmed from an eye-candy movie. We kicked off discussion with question number 6; folks commented on how spontaneity and realism tended to be pigeon-holed into different areas of life, but an integration of the two (bringing fun spontaneity to realism, to making the conscious decision to make a situation fun) was more desirable and led to a greater sense of synergy with one's self. Regarding question 2, there seemed to be consensus that our world view has dramatically improved since the November 4 elections, and that with this new year there is, truly, new hope to be had on a national level.

We were reminded that not everything in life demands our full-force attention, effort, and focus, and that it may behoove those involved to stop and consider if the anxiety felt in a given situation is proportional to how important the situation is (i.e., if buildings are falling, yes, it is exceedingly important to work as hard, long, and as fast as possible to save those trapped beneath. However, every situation may not necessitate this extent of energy devoted to it.). When discussing family issues (question 8) one member expressed he felt the most obligation to the most open-minded person in his family, an infant, because the rest of the family tended to be close-minded and set in their ways. Relating to family sometimes seemed to be a dance around certain comfortable or uncomfortable topics of conversation.

When dealing with loss (question 7), one participant mentioned that he avoided the loss, trying to not recognize the inevitable until after the time of death. Regarding question 4, one person mentioned how she was studying her parents for traits that were undesirable to her in order to change her path. Overall highlights included the robust discussion we pulled from the movie, nuggets of wisdom in digestable form with great company.
(This video was reviewed by Leta Moser)

Feel free to come and share your own personal insights sometime; the Saturday Night Video and Discussions here in Austin, Texas are a lot of fun and fascinating. (They're free, too.) Here are the questions the group came up with, based on the personal growth themes in the movie:


  1. How do I balance risk with adventure?
  2. How optimistic is my world view?
  3. How have I stuck to my guns in the face of Universal Disapproval?
  4. What similarities do i have witmy parents, and how do I feel about them? What similarities do I have with my parents and how do I feel about those similarities?
  5. What obligations do I feel towards my family?
  6. What is my balance betwen spontaneity and realism?
  7. How have I dealt with loss in my life?
  8. How do I relate to my family?