Like many of our generation, I grew up with Walt Disney's "wonderful world" of animation. I loved Bambi, well except for the part where Bambi's mom got shot... and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves...yeah, well, dwarves can be a little creepy... Sleeping beauty was my favorite.
Vigilant Citizen tells of how Disney symbols like the Micky Mouse ears show up in music videos with hidden messages, like "Paparazzi":
Then there's This Vigilent Citizen installment on the weird Disney connection to the occult.
But, you might say, what about cute adorable Winnie the Pooh?... I know, I know, I love Winnie the Pooh too. I have a scrub top with Eeyore all over it...
Who doesn't love Eeyore? Sigh....
And then something really strange...in one of my textbooks for one of my classes that will start up in about a week...there's a bit about Depersonalization Disorder and it gives an account of a father who is enjoying a vacation with his family at Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
"On the third day I began to feel unreal and ill at ease while we were watching these middle-American Ivory-soap teenagers singing and dancing in front of Cinderella's Castle. The day was finally cooling down, but I broke into a sweat. I became shaky and dizzy and sat down on the cement next to the 4-year old's stroller without giving my wife an explanation. ...All of a sudden it was like the people around me were all silly mechanical creatures, like the dolls in the "It's a Small World" or the animals on the "Jungle Cruise". Things sort of seemed to slow down, the way they do when you've smoked marijuana, and there was this invisible wall of cotton between me and everyone else..."
--Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, 7th edition; Nevid, Rathus, & Greene; 2008 (pg 221)
I personally believe there's more to this than we see on the shallow surface...and will require more digging. The question is, how far do I want to dig? I know Jesus protects me in all my wanderings...and sometimes "ignorance is bliss" and isn't bliss good? Well, maybe not the same as "the peace that surpasses all understanding". When digging, you need to have the proper gear on (armor of God) and be ready to encounter things that are stinky...the saying "there's something rotten in Denmark"...well, maybe not just in Denmark! To be continued at some later time (Lord willing)