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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Double Crucifixion. Part VI - Restoration
If you haven't done so already, please read through the first, second, third, fourth and fifth posts in this series to get the context.

Before we come to the core of the discussion, I would like to pontificate a little on the concept of "restoration." Nothing fancy - just putting things into perspective.

Does anyone remember Shelly Long from Cheers? I am sure some of you do. In 1986 she co-starred with Tom Hanks in a movie called The Money Pit. In the movie the couple are tossed out of their Manhattan apartment and have to find a place to live very quickly. They end up finding a country estate at a suspiciously low price. The mansion on the estate is dilapidated, but the price is low enough that they try to restore it again to its previous glory. The running gag of the movie BTW, is them trying to restore the house faster than it degenerates, the gag gets old pretty quick, and I wouldn't recommend it as a renter because I don't remember too much about it beyond that.

Now what I want to draw from that is the notion that when the mansion is eventually restored again, it has been returned to a state of health which it previously enjoyed but had lost. That is, restoration is not a new work, but the restoring of an old work. To be restored means to have things set back the way they were, and so much more so if we say. In the movie the couple eventually restores the mansion again to its former glory. If it were destroyed, it could be restored again, and again and again. But it has to exist first, in order to be restored. It would be "impossible" to restore again a mansion that didn't exist in the first place.

That is the mark I wanted to tag before I start to bundle it all together in the next post.


posted by Daniel @ 9:19 AM  
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