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CNN has a fascinating article today on the post-Avatar blues by some viewers. Here’s an example of a guy who posted on a film forum:

“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.’ “
Here’s another commenter:

“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.”

Reached via e-mail in Sweden where he is studying game design, Hill, 17, explained that his feelings of despair made him desperately want to escape reality.

“One can say my depression was twofold: I was depressed because I really wanted to live in Pandora, which seemed like such a perfect place, but I was also depressed and disgusted with the sight of our world, what we have done to Earth. I so much wanted to escape reality,” Hill said.

Their intuitions awakened by this work of art correspond with reality: we live in a world that is lost and broken, and something inside us wants more—for beauty to shine and for wrong to be made right.

I pray that God would put people in their lives who would share with them the bad news that things are worse than they seem (it’s not just the world around us that is broken, but we are the cause of it as treasonous rebels against our Holy Creator) and that things can be better than they could ever imagine (not only a beautiful new heavens and earth, but a real relationship with the living God through the sacrifice of his Son and the power of his Spirit).

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