FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part  404 JAMES BOND and the search for satisfaction through luxuries Featured artist is Maryam Hoseini


Timothy Dalton played Bond twice, in 1987 and 1989

Duran Duran – A View To A Kill

FOR SOME PEOPLE THEY ALWAYS NEED MORE RICHES TO TRY AND FILL THAT VOID IN THEIR LIFE. For instance, we have the villian Zorin in A VIEW TO A KILL.

Zorin forms a plan dubbed Project Mainstrike to destroy his only competition in Silicon Valley by triggering a massive earthquake in the San Andreas Fault at high tide, causing the valley to flood. Such a disaster would effectively wipe out all computer companies competing against Zorin in the world microchip market and leave him as the leading supplier of microchips, as well as slaughtering millions residing in the valley. His plan was to use his vast resources to set off a super-earthquake in both the San Andreas Fault and Hayward Fault by flooding them both with water from San Andreas Lake and then breaking the geological lock that forbade both faults from moving simultaneously. To accomplish this, Zorin mined underneath the lakes and planned to blast through the lake beds in order to flood the fault, further exacerbating it by pumping water into them via a vast system of oil wells. Once the floodwaters came in, he would set off the explosives necessary to break the lock.

During the final phase of his plans, Zorin and his right-hand man Scarpine betray their men by flooding the mines and shooting them down. Taking refuge on a flying airship with Scarpine and Glaub, Zorin awaits for the destruction of Silicon Valley…

Garbage – The World Is Not Enough (LYRICS)



 know how to hurt
I know how to heal
I know what to show
And what to concealI know when to talk
And I know when to touch
No one ever died
From wanting too muchThe world is not enough
But it is such a perfect place to start, my love
And if you’re strong enough
Together we can take the world apart, my lovePeople like us
Know how to survive
There’s no point in living
If you can’t feel alive
We know when to kiss
And we know when to kill
If we can’t have it all
Then nobody willThe world is not enough
But it is such a perfect place to start, my love
And if you’re strong enough
Together we can take the world apart, my loveI feel safe
I feel scared
I feel ready
And yet unpreparedThe world is not enough
But it is such a perfect place to start, my love
And if you’re strong enough
Together we can take the world apart, my loveThe world is not enough
The world is not enough
Nowhere near enough
The world is not enoughSource: MusixmatchSongwriters: David ArnoldThe World is Not Enough lyrics © United Lion Music, Emi United Partnership Ltd

CAN’T FIND MEANING UNDER THE SUN!!!!!!

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SEEKING MONEY AND GOLD TO GET SATISFACTION WILL NOT WORK!!!!

Goldfinger Song + Lyrics

Goldfinger
He’s the man, the man with the Midas touch
A spider’s touch
Such a cold finger
Beckons you to enter his web of sin
But don’t go inGolden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can’t disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he’s kissed her
It’s the kiss of death fromMister Goldfinger
Pretty girl beware of this heart of gold
This heart is coldGolden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can’t disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he’s kissed her
It’s the kiss of death fromMister Goldfinger
Pretty girl beware of this heart of gold
This heart is coldHe loves only gold
Only gold
He loves gold
He loves only gold
Only gold
He loves gold
Source: LyricFindSongwriters: Anthony Newley / John Barry / Leslie BricusseGoldfinger lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Can’t find meaning of life in getting more gold or money!! Solomin said this!!

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PURSUING DIAMONDS WILL NOT BRING SATISFACTION AND IT POINTS OUT THAT NOT ONE RELATIONSHIP HAS TOUCHED HER!!!!

Connery in Amsterdam in July 1971, filming Diamonds Are Forever

Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever (Lyrics)

Diamonds are forever, they are all I need to please me
They can stimulate and tease me
They won’t leave in the night
I’ve no fear that they might desert me
Diamonds are forever, hold one up and then caress it
Touch it, stroke it and undress it
I can see ev’ry part, nothing hides in the heart to hurt me

I don’t need love, for what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me
For when love’s gone,
they’ll lustre on
Diamonds are forever, sparkling round my little finger
Unlike men, the diamonds linger
Men are mere mortals who are not worth going to your grave for
I don’t need love, for what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me

For when love’s gone, they’ll lustre on
Diamonds are forever, forever, foreverSource: LyricFindSongwriters: John Barry / Don BlackDiamonds Are Forever lyrics © Sony/AT

bond old

Everyone needs love and it can’t be found in diamonds or money!!!

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(Francis Schaeffer)

Francis Schaeffer talked about popular culture and I have access to hundreds of his talks from the 1960’s and he commented in one of those recordings that Sean Connery had a villa close to where Schaeffer lived in Switzerland. In that same talk  in 1966 Schaeffer went on to discuss an analysis of James Bond that found interesting.

WHEN I THINK OF JAMES BOND I THINK OF AN UNIVERSAL MAN WHO IS THE BEST TALENTED THE HUMAN RACE HAS TO OFFER.

Below are the comments of Francis Schaeffer on SOLOMON and the Book of Ecclesiastes:

Leonardo da Vinci and Solomon both were universal men searching for the meaning in life. Solomon was searching for a meaning in the midst of the details of life. His struggle was to find the MEANING OF LIFE. Not just plans in life. Anybody can find plans in life. A child can fill up his time with plans of building tomorrow’s sand castle when today’s has been washed away. There is a difference between finding plans in life and purpose in life. Humanism since the Renaissance and onward has never found it. Modern man has not found it and it has always got worse and darker in a very real way.

We have here the declaration of Solomon’s universality:

1 Kings 4:30-34

English Standard Version (ESV)

30 so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 For he was wiser than all other men…and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. 32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. 33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. 34 And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.

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Here is the universal man and his genius. Solomon is the universal man with a empire at his disposal. Solomon had it all.

Ecclesiastes 1:3

English Standard Version (ESV)

3 What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?

Solomon took a look at the meaning of life on the basis of human life standing alone between birth and death “under the sun.”
After wisdom Solomon comes to the great WORKS of men. Ecclesiastes 1:14, “I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is [p]vanity and striving after wind.” Solomon is the man with an empire at this disposal that speaks. This is the man who has the copper refineries in Ezion-geber. This is the man who made the stables across his empire. This is the man who built the temple in Jerusalem. This is the man who stands on the world trade routes. He is not a provincial. He knew what was happening on the Phonetician coast and he knew what was happening in Egypt. There is no doubt he already knew something of building. This is Solomon and he pursues the greatness of his own construction and his conclusion is VANITY AND VEXATION OF SPIRIT.

Ecclesiastes 2:18-20

18 Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave it to the man who will come after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity. 20 Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.

He looked at the works of his hands, great and multiplied by his wealth and his position and he shrugged his shoulders.

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

22 For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.

Man can not rest and yet he is never done and yet the things which he builds will out live him. If one wants an ironical three phrases these are they. There is a Dutch saying, “The tailor makes many suits but one day he will make a suit that will outlast the tailor.”

Many have tried sexual exploits just like Solomon did, and many have thrown their efforts into business too. Sadly Solomon also found the pursuit of great works in his LABOR just as empty. In Ecclesiastes 2:11 he asserted, “THEN I CONSIDERED ALL THAT MY HANDS HAD DONE AND THE TOLL I HAD EXPENDED IN DOING IT, AND BEHOLD, ALL WAS VANITY AND A STRIVING AFTER WIND, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.”

Many people through history have reminded me of Solomon because they are looking for lasting meaning in their life and they are looking in the same 6 areas that King Solomon did in what I call the 6 big L words. He looked into learning (1:16-18), laughter, ladies, luxuries, and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and LABOR (2:4-6, 18-20).

Then in last few words in the Book of Ecclesiastes he looks above the sun and brings God back into the picture: “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”

Maryam Hoseini’s Every Day Abstractions | Art21 “New York Close Up”

Featured artist is Maryam Hoseini

Maryam Hoseini was born in 1988 in Tehran, Iran. After receiving a BA in Graphic Design at Sooreh Art University in Tehran in 2012, she moved to the US, where she simultaneously completed MFA programs at Bard College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her work, Hoseini layers acrylic paint and pencil drawing to create abstract, highly flattened figures and landscapes that examine the relationship between the body and physical space.

Drawing upon art-historical imagery, personal history, and tableaus of contemporary life, Hoseini’s work often depicts homosocial spaces, questioning gender, sexuality and the personal and political effects of displacement. Fragmented—often female—nude bodies overlap and float in abstract, flattened architectural spaces, in suggestive, but open-ended narratives. The artist renders details, like body hair, in pencil, on top of the acrylic paint, blending the two mediums. Her paint often extends on to the sides of her panels and even to the wall beneath the work, engaging real architectural space and asking the viewer to consider their own body and its relationship to its environment, both literally and culturally. Influenced by the artist’s own displacement from her home country, a sense of fear and anxiety, punctuated with strength and humor, pervade her work.

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