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Summary: What is it in our lives that we could term "my precious" that we are desperately hanging onto while we know it is slowly killing us

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Goolum – “My Precious”

Who’s seen Lord of the Rings?

• Who is your favorite character?

• My favorite character is Goolum. I love the scene where the two personalities are arguing

In the movie we are introduced to him as this weird looking creature bearing little resemblance to a normal human being

• Is this how Goolum started off? Normal person

• So what had happened to him in the intervening period? Become consumed with “my precious”

• His life revolved around that little circle of gold. It had become his consuming passion – just had to have it

• He loved that little circle of gold so much he didn’t seem to care or mind that the rest of his life was going to pieces his appearance, his clothes, the way he slunk around, the way he ate

• In fact in the end, it was this obsession with the ring that led to his death

• The ring had this effect on anyone who handled it

• Instead of them ruling it, the ring ended up ruling them

• So this obsession with “my precious” changed Goolum from a normal human being into this poor miserable pathetic creature and it eventually killed him

Goolum is an interesting character, but in a way there is a little bit of Goolum in all of us

• We too have our obsessions,

• we too have our consuming passion

• we too have something in our lives that we could term “my precious” that we are desperately hanging onto while we know it is hurting us

We are going to watch a little bit of the “Lord of the Rings” to see the type of impact the ring had on people

• While we’re watching this clip, want you to be thinking about some of the things in our society that people allow to consume or dominate their lives

Want you to get into small groups of four or five

• Want you to do two things

• First, put together a list of things that people in our society allow to consume their lives

• Let me give you an example

• Have this packet of M &M’s. Going to offer some to you. But here is a condition to accepting it. If you accept it, you have to eat the whole packet, non stop, right now

• So who would like an M & M?

• Why not? Bad for you, don’t want to get fat!

• So what is the obsession? Food!

• Is eating food wrong? Its the misuse of food – gluttony or greed

• Know a lot of people who are chocolate fiends

• Okay so that is one example, you make your own list of some of the things that our society allows themselves to be consumed with but is also slowly killing them

• Second can you think of examples in your own life or the life of your friends where someone has misused one of these things on your list

• Get you started let Susan give you an example – drugs

• My wife works as a receptionist in a doctors surgery and she sees drug addicts come in who are so consumed with getting their next fix, normal care for the rest of their lives is totally forgotten – showers, eating, teeth falling out at 20

• Life revolves around getting their next fix

List

• Power, Image, status, sex, pornography, drugs, alcohol, money, food, clothes, cars, relationships, grudges, jealously

• Possible stories - Mulberry tree, liche nuts, Shannon and shoes, Mr Reg you look like a walking billboard, converse shoes, quicksilver shorts and Billabong shirt


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