Brief Word of Explanation #1-The Title

“Brought to you by Soylent red and Soylent yellow, high energy vegetable concentrates, and new, delicious, Soylent green. The miracle food of high-energy plankton gathered from the oceans of the world.”

Most people these days only know Soylent Green from a SNL sketch with Phil Hartman mugging like Charlton Heston. (“It’s people! It’s people!”) But Soylent Green is a decent movie, and Heston isn’t the caricature of himself that he is in some movies.

This blog is, at its best, a critique of the stuff we take at face-value. The people of the 22nd century let the Soylent company control the world’s food supply, and they swallow wholesale the company’s press releases and advertising. Heston’s cry at the end of the movie (which Hartman satirizes) is a plea for the truth.

That’s the gist of it. And see Soylent, if only to see Edward G. Robinson’s (who’s most remembered for his gangster roles–“I’m gonna get you, see? You’re not gonna get away with this, see?”) surprisingly sensitive portrayal of Sol, the last of his nearly 100 film roles.

More later.

What I’m reading:
Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church by D.A. Carson
Blue Like Jazz (rereading) by Don Miller
Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
Habits of the Mind by James W. Sire

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