Lion King

In English today we were watching Lion King, perhaps one of the best movies ever made. Watching the movie was awesome, but after watching it after probably more than 10 years, I saw a different aspect of the movie, something that I would never have understood as a 5 year old.

The movie really seems to question the anthropocentric (for those of you don’t know/haven’t heard my LD case on this, it means seeing humans as the most important species in the world) view that many humans seem to hold. Replace Mufasa and Simba with humans during the circle of life scene, and you can see that the movie speaks directly against this mentality. In fact this circle of life outlook shown in Lion King is almost identical to what Paul Taylor, the father of the biocentric thought process.

Compare this quote from Taylor’s Biocentric Egalitarianism book:

“as animals, we are entirely dependent on ecological systems for survival.”

to Lion King:

“Everything you see exists together, in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance, and respect all the creatures…”

They seem pretty similar, right?

It seems that Disney, while providing ample entertainment for children, tried to make their movies intellectually stimulating for adults and teenagers as well. And that might just be why Lion King is so popular across different demographics, it appeals to everyone in different ways.

And while I would love to go into the anthrocentric versus biocentric debate, I think I have done that enough during UIL…but feel free to voice your opinion on this.


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