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When I was a child I thought as a child...

I always liked First Corinthians 13: "When I was a child, I spoke as a child. I understood as a child. I thought as a child. But when I became a man I put away childish things."

I read this riff on the passage by Edward D. Griffin and enjoyed it, it's all his words next -

In childhood the mind, pleased with every trifle and void of care, vacantly pursues its little pleasures, and, blessed with ignorance of the ills and disappointments of life, looks forward with sanguine hopes to fairy scenes of happiness; while the bright and tearless eye, resting on the outside of things, sees a paradise in every lawn and grove. A recollection of these childish delights is often cherished with rapture in future years, while the man, forgetful of the frettings and whining of childhood, indulgently inquires, Why were the former days better than these? But he does not ask wisely concerning this. A virtuous manhood is much more to be desired than the state of children. It is capable of far nobler pursuits, of knowledge, enjoyment, and action more congenial with the ends of our being. The child has no high and manly aim, no cares for great and dignified things, little thought for his future well being either in this life or the life to come. His understanding is feeble, his knowledge is small, his pursuits and pleasures are useless to the world, his years are trifled away in pursuing airy visions, and he is a stranger to elevated and substantial happiness. He speaks as a child, prattling unconnectedly of his little concerns; he understands as a child, superficially and contractedly; he thinks as a child, incorrectly and inconsistently; but when he becomes a man he puts away childish things. His taste relishes nobler objects; his conversation is more dignified; his conduct and pursuits are manly; his views and knowledge are enlarged. Spurning the shackles and toys of babyhood, he becomes perhaps a philosopher, and explores with astonished gaze the works of his Creator. His unrestricted fancy, not confined to the policies and interests of kingdoms, wanders among the stars, and delights itself with the numberless worlds which revolve above his head, while his faith and knowledge are employed on the great affairs of the kingdom of God.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004) 91 Minutes

On Tsukamoto

Makoto Shinkai's debut feature length film, The Place Promised in Our Early Days is a good anime film. Sadly, I watched it after I have watched Shinkai's masterpiece 5 Centimeters Per Second which I think was a mistake. In order to properly talk about this film, there are a few things that have to be taken into consideration. First of all, it is a debut effort. As his first film, Shinkai did a good job especially considering he not only directed the thing, but he wrote and produced it. He gets major props for that. Something else that needs to be kept in mind is the fact that anime has evolved immensely in the nearly 10 years since this film. One cannot hold it to the same standards of today.

That having been said, I thought Early Days was a brilliant story that simply went on for too long. A lot of the scenery shots could have been shrunk down. Obviously I know what Shinkai was going for here; he absolutely nailed it in his later films, but not in this one. I can't help thinking that he was pressured into making a full 90 minute feature when he really just wanted to keep things short.

As I said, I watched 5 Centimeters before this and that was a big mistake because Makoto Shinkai has matured in his material properly. That just means that he has become better and better as time has gone by. All in all, I don't think Early Days is a bad film, I just feel that it would be better to watch Shinkai's work in the order in which they were made.

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