The Wisdom of Pinhead: Part Six
Last year for Christmas, I blogged about my favourite part of Hellraiser V: Inferno. I talked about how Pinhead’s dark, scary message was really a cautionary Christmas tale – avoid superficiality and selfishness and embrace what really matters, or, you know, pay horribly forever. I realized afterward that Pinhead has always had some very Christmas-y things to say … when seen in the right light. So this year, I will be presenting a Pinhead-Christmas-personal empowerment-happy-joy-countdown. At the end of it, I hope readers – Christian and non-Christian alike – are more disposed to find the love and joy the Christmas holiday represents.
And maybe they’ll want to watch the movies too.
“[to Paul while looking down at the Earth] Glorious, is it not? The creatures who walk its surface, always looking to the light, never seeing the untold oceans of darkness beyond. There are more humans alive today than in all of its pitiful history. The Garden of Eden. A garden of flesh.”
Humans are always looking for something better. Something prettier. Something more awesome. We fixate on superficiality and appearances, striving for some misguided “perfection” that is meaningless in a world – and in bodies – that are ever changing. We live in constant dissatisfaction with our current lives/weights/jobs/partners because we’re sure that something better will come along. We focus on failure and flaws, and search for some all-encompassing “success” that remains undefined and unattainable. Even our religions are steeped in the notion that in some future time or place, everything will be “perfect”, “better”, “happy”, “complete”.
We don’t notice how delightful things already are, how wonderful are the people around us, how perfect we are on the inside where it counts. We don’t see that happiness and perfection aren’t goals, but rather the way we feel when we like who we are and live with our hearts. We deny ourselves joy in hopes of future joy; we deny ourselves love in hopes of future love.
Pinhead’s just paraphrasing the birthday boy, who spent his entire brief life on this planet trying to explain to people that this life – this world, this moment – is all we can know about … and that’s fantastic! It’s full of wonders, and goodness, and love and light – if we choose to experience it that way. He explained that this world is a gift, and that we should enjoy it. He explained that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Right here, right now. In our hands. Right now.
Don’t let Pinhead be the only one who gets that. Okay?