Monday, January 19, 2009

In Search of Disney

For somebody who was born in the last century, a search of Disney is also a search of oneself. That first moment of acquaintance with Disney fantasy, at an age when one is accessible, unprejudiced and totally disarmed, was not only a moment of, more than happiness, awe, but also of healing. In its elevating nature, awe, after all, has a quality of transcendent healing. The Disney aficionados that made Walt Disney their personal hero are, in general, people that recognized the real value of what felt miraculous: their literal seeing of fantasy, its communion with life. Their search of Disney relates to a constant attempt to resurrect that moment, as if resurrecting the best of themselves. Their search of Disney is their faithfulness to themselves and to their childhood’s power of knowing how to receive, that is, to happiness and to innocence, simultaneously.

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