Friday, December 26, 2008

Ruling Love

Genuine prayers concern gratefulness, rather than neediness. Disney’s speech on the occasion of Mickey’s twentieth birthday is a prayer (CD Disney Treasures- "The Story of Mickey Mouse", 13 October 1948). In it, a passionate Disney pays tribute to Mickey, to life, to the public that welcomed Mickey, to his team and to his own fight in the superhuman effort he had to make in “the early days” to bring the mouse to the eye of the public. As a merging of self-conviction, gratefulness and love of humanity, this speech is a great revelation of Disney’s soul. Self- referential and deferring at the same time, it expresses assertiveness in abandonment, it is confession and pronouncement, love-giving and decree-passing.

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