The Paper Chase

by Andrea Elizabeth

If The Paper Chase, about a Harvard Law student’s obsession with his professor (see synopsis here and here), is really about a person’s desire for an authoritative, all-knowing, guiding, caring God, then why don’t we seek the original? Because we can’t really separate God from people. We are like God and are to become more so for others. Deified people will know your name and what you’ve done and what you need to do. People on the road to truth and beauty will know general directions, but not your specifics, which will leave you disappointed. There comes a time when you have to tell the people you thought should know you that they are SOB’s, and turn their unread evaluation into a paper airplane. Their response should be to tell you that’s the smartest thing you’ve said all day. But how would they know that if they don’t know what else you’ve said?

And then there’s the part making fun of contracts as silly pieces of paper that we’re so foolishly governed by. The Orthodox wedding ceremony doesn’t have an oath. Orthodox don’t talk about covenants so much either. They talk about ever free fixes. Except birth, you’re pretty much stuck with that.

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