I was reading the book “Lion King 1 1/2” today to a 5 year old. She was loving the story of course because she has seen the movie countless times. I on the other hand, didn’t even know there was a Lion King 1 1/2…really?…they couldn’t come up with a better title? But, I’m reading along and this part of the story happens (Actual lines from the movie. Scene: Timon has left his family and is headed in search of paradise when he runs into Rafiki)
Timon: …I want to live in some beautiful place, outside…a carefree place where I don’t have to hide or worry.
Rafiki: Whoo! Hoo hoo hoo! Life without worry. You seek Hakuna Matata.
Timon: Harpoon a tomato?
Rafiki: Hakuna Matata, it means “no worries.”
Timon: Perfect! Mind taking that stick of yours and drawing me a map, bub?
Rafiki: (hits Timon with his stick) To find it, you must look beyond what you see.
Timon: What the heck is that supposed to mean?
Rafiki: It means look beyond what you see!
Timon: Beyond what I see. Ha. Get a load of the monkey, gettin’ all existential on me. Beyond what I see. Hmmm…beyond what I see…..
My mind immediately went to Flickering Pixels by Shane Hipps which I just finished reading a couple of weeks ago. Living a “carefree life,” a life where we are not controlled by the objects or tools or technology around us is as simple as looking beyond what we see. We have to look beyond the mediums to the impact they have on us. When we do that, we gain understanding and in time, hopefully wisdom. With understanding and wisdom we are not controlled by the mediums and can live “carefree.”
What do you think? Have I just gone crazy reading Disney books?
And you can thank me for the song you’ll have in your head the next couple of hours