Yearnings of the human heart for something more

You see it in the renewed demand for business ethics and in the debate over the sheer commercialism that is behind many contemporary films. It's there in the prayerful, persistently nonviolent revolt against oppression in many parts of the world. You see it in the continuing demand for a recognition of civil rights and of the rights of conscience. In the healing of the sick, there is a push for more caring, not just more technology. People are reaching out—searching with new urgency—in the direction of spiritual values.

Too often it is easy to take note of the turmoil and problems surrounding the search. But calm, spiritual discernment sees something more—perceives significant, worthwhile changes. A quiet rebellion against materialism is underway. This isn't a naive attempt to return to "the good old days" but is an embrace of spiritual values that give a new sense of purpose and vitality to loving.

To highlight evidence of this growing concern for spiritual values, the Sentinel will present over the course of the year a series of interviews on the subjects of film, the human rights movements, and spiritual healing. In this issue, movie critic, arts writer, and former film teacher Marilynne S. Mason, known to her readers as M. S. Mason, takes a look at trends in contemporary film with Sentinel Editor Allison W. Phinney, Jr.

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Healing means waking up to Truth
April 8, 1991

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