Culture


I was at work the other day and noticed a display case for M&M candies that looked like this:

Yellow M&M

He stood about 3-4′ tall and was all hollow inside, where the candy would be put. It’s a nice, eye catching display, and something other than a big carboard oragami set up. The thing that made me stop and take another looks was that the first thing that came to my mind was “this is my body, broken for you. Take and eat,” (found in chapter 14 of the Gospel of Mark).

What is this saying about M&Ms and the act of eating them?

It’s hard to see the line between just creative marketing and religious inspired (even if unknowingly) imagery that seeks purchase with deeper threads of meaning than just “mmm, candy”. With the personification of M&M’s in their ads there is the space to wonder. Even more so, when you go to the M&M’s website they claim “there’s an M&M in everyone” and has an application to transform yourself into an M&M! Interesting possibilities.

Theater group puts on original play – The Weston Town Crier

March 1 & 2. $5. Some time.

This is pretty exciting. A high-school play composed in response to an article involving my darling MIRROR NEURONS. The play is called “The Outlier Effect” and seems to involve imitative behavior and an imposed form of autism. What I find interesting is that the subject they’ve chosen to work with also seems to center (from what I’ve read so far) around the expulsion of the one who is no longer part of the crowd (an obvious connection between MIRROR NEURONS and the work of RENE GIRARD). The question of resistance to authority pops up but how political they want to be and how well done has yet to be seen.

Being that the play is being held in Weston, MA I see no reason not to go and with as many Girardians as I can. There might be something there worth capitalizing on. If so I want to be front and center.