Just Around the River Bend

Sometimes Disney surprises me. It is much more cerebral (in some movies) than you would think. For instance,  the philosopher Heraclitus said that you cannot step into the same river twice due to the water flowing as an example of how everything is changing and fluctuating. In Disney’s Pocahontas, the song “Just Around The River Bend” starts:

What I love most about rivers is,

You can’t step in the same river twice

the water’s always changing, always flowing

This is a direct reflection of Heraclitus’ philosophy. For a studio that is often under the fun for racism, sexism, and many other isms, the positive traits become hidden gems within the movie.

Anyway, I don’t have the time nor the inclination to point out other such “gems”, and, in fact, the only reason I point this one out is due to discussing it in class. I just wanted to get other people thinking. We often see people, ideas, and things in dichotomous terms. Either it is all good or all bad. We have a hard time distinguishing shades of grade.

So I guess the take home lesson here is Disney may be racist bastards, but they also have some pretty intellectual themes.


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